Anne (Talking Star) Peters Brown, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Mashpee’s first Native American woman postmaster and a storyteller, died at her home October 8. She was 88.
One of eight children born to Steven Amos and Clara Jane Peters, Ms. Brown attended the Samuel G. Davis School in Mashpee, then Lawrence High School in Falmouth, where she was the only person of color in the Business Club and on the Lawrencian yearbook staff.
Upon graduation, Ms. Brown attended Fisk University for two years and then left to marry Florida newspaper publisher C. Blythe Andrews Jr., whom she divorced before returning to Mashpee.
Back in Mashpee with a young child, Ms. Brown became the postal assistant to Postmaster Eddie Amos and, after his retirement in 1956, became the first Native American postmaster in Mashpee.
Ms. Brown married John (Jake) Marcellino Jr. of Harwich, with whom she would have three more children and moved with him to Honolulu, Hawaii, living there from 1963 to 1977. In Hawaii, she opened Anna Ota Beauty Supply, selling hair products in Hawaii and the Far East.
For the last eight years of her life, Ms. Brown lived in Tallahassee, Florida, where she spent several years helping to wait tables and manage her daughter’s restaurant.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Steven and Clara Peters; brothers Steven Jr., John, Randolph and Russell Peters; sisters Clara Louise Keliinui and Amanda Muriel McKinney; and husbands C. Blythe Andrews Jr., John P. Marcellino Jr., Sam Ota and David Brown.
She leaves her sister, Amelia G. Bingham of Mashpee; her children, Gayle Andrews of Tallahassee, Florida; Gina Marcellino of Mashpee, Angela Marcellino of North Hampton, New Hampshire, John P. Marcellino III and his wife, Marion Marcellino, of Mashpee; grandchildren Douglas E. Thornton of Tallahassee, Florida, Lauren Thornton Fernando, MD, of St. Louis, Missouri, Gabrielle Poindexter, of Columbus, Georgia, Stephany Coleman, of Mashpee, Brooke Law of Reston, West Virginia, Matt Shwom of West Newbury, Hope Hiew of Durham, North Carolina, Ecria Seward of Beverly Hills, California, and Amanda Gonsalves; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A visitation will be held at the Old Indian Meetinghouse 410 Meetinghouse Road, Mashpee, tomorrow at 11 AM. A celebration service will follow at 11:30 AM.
Burial will follow in the Old Indian Cemetery.