Ernestine Myrick Marlow, daughter of Ernest & Rosabelle Logan Myrick, was born
November 03, 1942 in Harlem, New York. Ernestine was raised in Harlem, New York until the
age of 11 years old when the family moved to the Bronx, New York. She was educated in the
New York Public School system and attended Jane Adams Vocational High School for Nursing.
She met and married Hayward William Marlow, in the Bronx, NY, on September 12, 1975. They
raised three sons Charles Derrick Marlow, Hayward LaRue Marlow and Jeffrey Jason Marlow.
Ernestine worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for 44 years. She retired from Bronx-Lebanon
Hospital in 2004. During her career as a nurse she met her lifelong friends: Felicita Gomez,
Angie Howard Scott, Alene Duffin Profitt, Daphne Williams, Monica Chambers Lowden, Ruth
Simon, Dorrell Jennings, and Dorcas Rojas.
Ernestine was an avid traveler throughout her years. She often travelled with her lifelong
friends. Her travels took her across the country to California, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona, Florida,
and South Carolina among other states. She also travelled to Canada, Mexico and the
Caribbean Islands on multiple occasions.
Ernestine was a strong woman of faith. While she resided in the Bronx, she was an active
member of Bronx Christian Fellowship, under the Honorable Reverend Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook.
Upon relocation to Richmond, VA in 2004, Ernestine joined Elohim Christian Outreach Center,
under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Leo Hackett, Jr.
While at Elohim Christian Outreach Center, Ernestine was affectionately known as “Mother
Marlow”. She was Deaconess and head Greeter at the church and led the Fishes and Loaves
Ministry which provides food for families in the community. Mother Marlow was known to give
touching and inspirational advice to many of the members of the church. She was a faithful
servant and her commitment was undeniable.
As a pastime, Ernestine loved to crochet. Over the years she created blankets, mittens, scarves,
pillows and other accessories. She carefully crafted her designs for family and church members
who were expecting a new child or going off to college. Although many would try to
commission her talent for money, her creations were reserved only as gifts out of the love and
kindness of her heart.
Ernestine was the Matriarch of her family and had wisdom well beyond her years. The family
lovingly called her “Granny”. She taught her children and grandchildren the value of family and
the value of unity within the family. She often acted as the glue that held the family together.
When faced with challenging circumstances, Ernestine was known to say, “God Got My Back!”
This unshakeable faith in God solidified that although the worst may come before you, God
always has the final say.
Ernestine Marlow transitioned to be with Lord August 25, 2019, peacefully in her home.
Ernestine leaves to survive and mourn, three sons, Charles Derrick Marlow (Crystal) Hayward
LaRue Marlow (Teresa), and Jeffrey Jason Marlow (Rachael). She is survived by 9 grandchildren,
Taneen Cherie Wyche (Corey), Chantel Marie Marlow (Jamaine), Jason Jamal Jones, Charles
Derrick Marlow, Jr. (Jasmine), DeAsiah Marlow, Aniyah Nia Marlow, Journi Marie Marlow,
Jayden Amber Marlow, and Jholei LaRue Marlow. She is survived by 6 great-grandchildren,
JaNiyah Marie Brown, Corey Devon Wyche Jr, Aiden Jeremiah Marlow, Marlo Allen Wyche, Aria
Nicole Marlow, and Ariel Marie Marlow.