March 21, 1934 ~ January 27, 2019

Born in: Greenwood, South Carolina
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Mary C. Brockington, affectionately called “Mom” and “Sis. B” by family and friends, was born in Greenwood, South Carolina on March 21, 1934, to the union of the late Thomas and Jessie Mae Carter.  Mary was the youngest of 4 siblings, Willie Henry Carter, Thomas Clyde Carter, and Rosa Mae LaGroon.  Mary accepted Christ into her life at an early age and united with the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Greenwood, South Carolina where she was active on the Junior Usher Board, Junior Choir, and a Sunday School teacher.  As a child, she enjoyed helping her grandmother around the house, going to church, and playing with her best friend, Mary Alfred, aka “Shag”.

Mary married Carl Baylor in 1951 and of this union three children were born, Gerri, Linda Dianne, and Carlyne.

Education was very important to Mary.  After moving to Denver, she enrolled at Emily Griffith Opportunity School and later attended Denver Community College where she studied business, math, and computer courses.  Mary was one of the first black female store managers at Three Sisters Department Store in downtown Denver.  A special bond of friendship was established with the late Bessie Adams and the late Martha Peagler (the three sisters of Three Sisters).  In 1968, Mary worked at Samsonite Corporation as a Material Inspector until 1979.  In 1979, Mary started her government career at the Veterans Administration (VA) as a File Clerk and excelled in her position.  She transferred to CHAMP VA Campus and was promoted to a Contact Representative position.  Mary took so much pride in her work and provided exemplary care in helping the veterans and beneficiaries resolve benefit claims.  In 1996, she retired from the Federal government.

In 1957, Mary united with the St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church in Denver, Colorado where she served faithfully for 44 years.  Teaching was one of her passions.  She was a Sunday School and Baptist Training Union (BTU) teacher for many years.  She sang in several choirs and held several leadership positions in the church.  She received an Evangelical Training Association (ETA) certificate from Wheaton, Illinois and taught at the St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church’s Leadership School for several years. She was very active in the Minister’s Wives and Widows Association for several years and enjoyed attending the Minister’s Wives and Widows Conferences held throughout the country both nationally and internationally.

On August 19, 1977, Mary married Fred L. Brockington.   They shared a full and loving life together.  To this union, a son, Chad was blended into the family.  In June 2001, Rev. Fred L. Brockington was called to be the pastor of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Aurora, Colorado.  In support of her husband, Mary united with Progressive Missionary Baptist Church.  She served as First Lady (until her health declined).  She was a Sunday School Teacher, worked with the Senior Mission Auxiliary, and Director of the Baptist Training Union (BTU).  Mary was a good and faithful servant and she put her total trust in God.  She loved the Lord with all her heart and soul. Throughout her illness, she continued to praise the Lord and called His name daily.  A few of Mary’s favorite scriptures:  2 Timothy 4:7-8; Psalm 121:1-2; Matthew 25:23

Mary was a loving, caring person who never met a stranger.  If she met you, you were a friend for life.

Family was Mary’s greatest joy.  She was the matriarch of the family who enjoyed spending quality and memorable time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other family members.  She was a fun-loving woman who loved establishing relationships with the extended sons and daughters that she inherited over the years.  Mary was a strong and wise woman who made everyone feel special and loved unconditionally.  One of her favorite outings was a camping trip to Yellowstone National Park with her girls.  She enjoyed family holiday gatherings with her family and friends.   Everyone enjoyed going to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner and devouring her infamous yeast rolls and sweet potato pies. Mary loved baking.  She would bake pies from the apple and cherry trees in her own back yard.  She also loved gardening and had one of the most beautiful flower gardens on her block and continued to plant her vegetable garden as long as she could.  She also loved canning and making jelly and fruit preserves that she shared with everyone!  If you were sick or shut in, you would receive a jar of Dr. Mary’s jelly or preserves and a loaf of banana or zucchini bread. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, creating greeting cards, watching sports on TV, playing cards, board games, and charades with the family.  In her younger days, she loved bowling and fishing with her sister-in-law, Willie Pearl.  Mary loved traveling throughout the country with her family and friends.

Her trademark saying,

“If you can’t do it right the first time,

then don’t do it at all.”

 Everything she did was decent and in order.

 She has left a legacy of faithfulness and humility.

 She will be missed, but not forgotten.

We will see you on the other side……

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Jessie Mae Carter; as well as her brothers, Willie Henry Carter and Thomas Clyde Carter; her sister, Rosa Mae LaGroon; her nephew, Dennis Carter; and aunt, Eleanor Andrews.

Mary C. Brockington departed this life and transitioned into the Lord’s opened arms on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Franklin Park Community Health Center Memory Loss Ward with her family at her bed side.  Left to cherish her memory are:  her husband, Rev. Fred L. Brockington of Denver, CO; her children, Gerri (Marion, Sr.) Purvis of Aurora, CO; Linda (Dave) Cole of Aurora, CO; Carlyne (James) Marshall of Denver, CO; son, Chad Brockington of Pittsburg, PA; grandchildren, Marion “BJ” (Suzette) Purvis of Denver, CO; Eric Baylor of Aurora, CO; Marques Purvis of Aurora, CO; Franklin Baylor of Denver, CO; Kellee (Marcus) Boatner of Aurora, CO; Andre McGee of Aurora, CO; great-grandchildren, Rayonna Purvis of Texarkana, TX; DeCoven Purvis of Aurora, CO; Deja and Tyson Baylor of Denver, CO; Javon and Jailah Purvis of Denver, CO; devoted nephews, Clifton Carter; Allen (Kathryn) Carter; Thomas Arness (Delores) Carter; and niece, Darlene Carter; devoted cousins, Joanne (Elijah) Johnson of Lancaster, CA and Dorthy Mae (Charles) Stevens of Greenwood, SC; and her special friends, Martha Williams of Aurora, CO, Juanita Blue of Denver, CO, Marceline Cutler of Denver, CO, Pastor Earnest & Sis. Edna Jones, and a host of other extended sons and daughters, family and friends.


Visitation: February 8, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: February 9, 2019 11:00 am

St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church
2050 Uinta Street
Denver, CO 80238

(303) 295-1995

Reception: February 9, 2019 2:00 pm

St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church
2050 Uinta Street
Denver, CO 80238

(303) 295-1995

Interment: February 11, 2019 10:00 am

Fort Logan National Cemetery
4400 West Kenyon Avenue
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 781-0117

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  1. Dear Family,
    I would like to send my condolences. It can be extremely difficult to lose a loved one. That is why I wanted to share the hope found in the bible, the hope of the resurrection. Jesus stated at John 5:28,29 “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will come out.” And at Revelation 21:3,4 it states that there will be a time when “…death will be no more.”
    These scriptures give us hope for the future as respects to our dead loved ones. Those scriptures have brought comfort to me and I hope it does the same for your family. For more comforting words, please visit
    With Love,

  2. Dear Sister Linda Cole and Family,

    We’d like to express our deepest condolences in the loss of your mother, Mary. We know that this time is difficult but we pray God’s peace and understanding be over you.

    Your Family at
    Living Hope Bible Church

  3. I remember her well every time I spoke to her she was sweet God bless and be with her family you all are in my prayers much love and support

  4. Carlyne and Family,
    The comfort is in knowing that your Mom is resting now in the Master’s arms. You and your Family are in my prayers.

  5. Pastor Brockington,
    Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss. I learned so much from Sister Brockington, at Progessive MB Church she was the epitome of a First Lady and will truly be missed.
    May God Bless, keep and comfort her family.

  6. Sis. Gerri Purvis, Sis. Linda Cole, Sis. Carlyne Marshall and Rev. Fred Brockington,

    Our prayers and condolences to you during this difficult time. Sis. Brockington was a class act and I so admired her love for her family and church. My daughter Sarah received a gift from her years ago that she continues to cherish. May God provide each of you with peace and comfort.

    Rev. Whyte, Linda and Sarah

  7. To Pastor Brockington and Family,

    Our hearts ache with you. First Lady Brockington was truly a light in this world. She exemplified what it meant to love GOD and to love others. She and Pastor Brockington were always loving, kind, hospitable, and supportive to Jaymie and I. Together they modeled love for one another, an example that has strengthened our marriage and so many others. I thank GOD for First Lady Brockington and a life well lived. I am grateful that GOD allowed her to pour into my life, into our marriage, and into our ministry service. Our prayers are for Pastor Brockington and the entire family. Thank you for sharing her with us! Our Lord hold you near during this time.

  8. Our dear brother. The Baptist Ministers Conference of Metropolitan Denver extend our sincere sympathy. May the Word of God and the comfort of the Holy Spirit embrace you and your family. Lean upon us as we all learn on His everlasting arm. Rev. Ron Dunlap

  9. So sorry for your loss. I understand the loss and feeling of not seeing our loved ones until we meet again. Being my First Lady and friend will never be forgotten. May God bless Pastor Brockington and the rest of the family. I love you all.

  10. I remember her years ago. She was so sweet. Even when I left the church she never forgot who we were. Rev. Brockington and Sis Carlyn even though we are not there anymore we are still here for you. Anything we can do just ask. The Johnson Family

  11. Mary C. Brockington was a wise and spirit-filled woman of God. I met her when we were members of St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, under Pastor Hopson. She always recited the word of God with a smile on her face. We were room-mates at a Convention in Chicago, Illinois. We prayed together every morning and every night while there. Over the years we both continued to grow in the Lord and his work. It was always a blessing to see her. My mind is filled with memories of how she was special, amazing and determined to follow Jesus. My sympathies go out to her husband, Pastor Fred Brockington, their daughters and grandchildren.

  12. To My Dear Friend and Sister Linda Cole and her Family,

    I was so sorry to learn of the passing of your dear mother; may she rest in peace. I’m sad with you my friend and keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. – Matthew 5:4

    God bless you Linda, I love you.


  13. Words cannot describe the love I have for my Aunt Mary. No matter how I was feeling, just seeing her smiling at me put a smile on my face and joy in my heart. She will be truly missed ❤️❤️❤️

  14. Our sincerest condolences to you. Praying for your peace and comfort in knowing that Sister Brockington now rest in the arms of GOD. May she rest peacefully.

  15. Aunt Mary, you will be truly missed. Rev. Brockington (Uncle) you have our Deepest Sympathy. These are our Treasured Memories of you Aunt Mary. “Of All The Gifts In Life However Great Or Small, To Have You As Our Aunt, Was The Greatest Gift Of All, A Silent Thought, A Secret Tear, Keeps Your Memory Ever Near, In Our Hearts Forever, Death Leaves A Heartache No one Can Heal, Love Leaves A Memory No One Can Steal.” Rest Now Aunt Mary, you are truly missed, God Gained another Angel, tell Mom we said Hello. Your Niece Jessie Lagroon, Jannie Williams, and Jeremiah Lagroon. Greenwood, SC

  16. To the Brockington family, praying that God who makes no mistakes will grant you comfort & peace during this hour of bereavmen.

  17. Sending our deepest condolences. Praying that God sends his angels to comfort the family during this time and always.

  18. My prayers are with the family of my dear First Lady. She truly was a gem, I will cherish her memory always, may she Rest In Peace. To know her was to love her! ♥️

    All our love,
    Ann and JoAnn Keys

  19. To Carlyne, REV. Brockerton, and to all the family of Mary Brockenton
    We are praying with you and for you for your peace.and contentment in the Lord. We will miss her too. Our relationship goes way back. May the sunshine of God’s love forever shine in your hearts. The McDonald family & Renee’ McDonald Brown.

  20. Linda Cole and Family

    My condolences to you and your family. May God be your comfort in the loss of your loved one and may His peace always rest upon you.

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