Charity Randolph died on May 27 at Deerfield Retirement Community in Urbandale, Iowa. She was 90.

Charity was born August 1, 1927 on Martha’s Vineyard to John H. Randolph and Mildred (Harris) Randolph.

She graduated as valedictorian from Oak Bluffs High School in 1945. She went to Boston to attend the Wilson School for Laboratory Techniques, graduating in 1946. She left Boston and went to Chicago, where she worked in hematology at Michael Reese Hospital for 12 years. In 1962, Charity took a leave of absence to change her career to education. She attended Chicago Teachers College, where she completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in four years, graduating magna cum laude. She taught middle school science for 28 years in Chicago public schools.

She was a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), where she served on the education committee for 12 years. Every summer she and her husband, Jim, vacationed at their home on Martha’s Vineyard.

Charity was also a member of The Cottagers for 16 years, serving on various committees. In 2016 a stroke to her spinal cord left her a paraplegic and she had to resign from the organization.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Brown; her parents; a brother, John H. Randolph, Jr.; and a sister, Edith Stewart. She is survived by her sister, Arenda (Bunny) Maxwell and her husband, Roger, of Windsor Heights, Iowa, and a host of nieces and nephews in Des Moines and on Martha’s Vineyard.

Memorial services will be on Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m. at the Event Center at Deerfield Retirement Community in Urbandale, Iowa. There will be a graveside service on July 20 at 11 a.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Oak Bluffs.