Brown Mary Jane Brown, Ph.D., born March 25, 1939 in Columbus, Ohio. Preceded in death by her parents Oreste Ricci and Clara D'Andrea Ricci, husbands Michael W. Fallon and Dr. Donald L. "Deacon" Brown, M.D. Died at home Thursday, October 10, 2013 surrounded by her loving family who cared for and tended to her in her final days. Survived by her significant other, Richard Gravley; and her children, Paul Fallon (Khisha), Quinn Fallon, Kathleen Fallon Wiant (Wade), Erin Fallon, and Megan Brown Nowak (Peter); and beloved grandchildren, Austin Wiant, Olivia Wiant, Collin Wiant, Aidan Wiant and Ava Wiant. She also leaves behind her sister-in-law, Jeanie Brown; and other special family members, Dr. Timothy Fallon (Judy), John Fallon (Cheri), Janie Fallon-Murphy (Michael), Nancy Willemstein and Diana Whightsel. She was a graduate of Linden-McKinley High School and The Ohio State University, from which she received her doctoral degree in History. Dr. Brown then went on to teach history at Otterbein College and Columbus State Community College, and was published as author of Eradicating This Evil, which chronicled a vital, but largely unexplored period in America's post-bellum history. She was an active member of Impresarios of Opera Columbus, Columbus Italian Club, and was a founding member of the Christ Child Society of Columbus. She will be remembered dearly for her loyalty to her family and friends, the courage she exhibited during the periods of adversity in her life, and her dignity. She held immense pride in her family, her heritage and Catholic faith. Although never a zealous fan of sports, she could always be found on the sidelines of Bishop Watterson High School and St. Andrew School sporting events. She enjoyed extensive travel, including special family vacations to Emerald Isle. She was a prolific reader, enjoyed gardening, hiking, snow skiing vacations and boating with her family and was a local music aficionado. Her Thanksgiving celebrations were known for being large gatherings, where she opened her home to all. Special thanks to Dr. Timothy J. Fallon for his endless dedication and care for her, as well as her family. Family and friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2013 at RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME, 515 High St. Worthington, Ohio 43085. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at St. Peter Catholic Church, 6899 Smoky Row Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235 with Monsignor Frank Mouch. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Catholic Social Services, 197 E. Gay St., Columbus, Ohio 43215; HomeReach Hospice, 180 East Broad St.; 31st Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215; or to the
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2013
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