Mary Margaret (wilson) Brown

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Mary Margaret (Wilson) Brown April 4, 1951- February 5, 2013 Lover of life and all creatures great and small, the inimitable Mary Brown passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at her home in Placerville, California. Her husband, Ron Wermes, was at her side. Mary died from complications due to pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare and incurable disease. Mary leaves behind her loving husband, Ron Wermes, and his daughters, Kimberly Hettrick (husband, Josh); Julie Holt (husband, Justin); and also Ron's grandchildren, Raina Jenkins and Gavin Hettrick and Kerrigan, Tanner, and Ledger Holt. Mary also leaves behind her favorite (and only) big sissie, Jackie Turner, her brother-in-law, Lee Turner, her niece, Tracy Turner-Ojeda (husband, Francisco) and her great nephew, Tadeo Sebastian Ojeda. She is also survived by her uncle, Nick Bashta, her aunt, Phyllis Wilson, and her cousins Marc Wilson (wife April), Tim Wilson, and Lani Dibble (husband Harry). Mary was predeceased by her mother, Stella Bashta Wilson in 1999 and her father, John Melvin Wilson in 2008. In the animal kingdom, she was predeceased by her beloved miniature dachshund Saydee and her llasa apso princesses, Abby and Miko, as well as by her kitties, Coal and Cootie. She is survived by her beloved felines, Georgie and Isabella, who kept her company and gave her lots of affection. Born and raised in Eureka, Mary left home in her late twenties to pursue a career with the state of California, first as a Patient Benefits and Insurance Officer with the Department of Developmental Services and finally as a Staff Services Manager I with the Department of Health Services. She was dedicated and smart, and rose through the ranks without a college education to achieve a postion of great prestige and responsibilty. After a career spanning twenty-seven years, she retired in 2007 and moved to a charming and remote spot in Trinity County where she hoped to spend her golden years. But that was not to be. Failing health dictated that Mary move closer to good medical care, so it was with great reluctance that Mary and Ron sold their home in Trinity Village and moved to an even more spacious and beautiful one in Placerville, California. Mary had an exuberance about her that was contagious. She was the "Diva" of the golf course and the golf tournament organizer par excellence. Throughout her life she loved physical activity and competition, whether it be go-carting as a kid, horseback riding, water skiing, downhill skiing, racket ball or golf. She excelled in all of these. She also loved the thrill of flying. She earned her pilot's license and enjoyed having each of her parents as passengers. Of course, Mary loved being the center of attention. She never met a microphone that she didn't like. If she didn't have a microphone, no problem! A head of broccoli would do. One of Mary's passions was singing karaoke, especially her favorite song, "Crazy." In fact, that could be her theme song. Mary loved cars and personalized license plates. She prided herself on keeping them immaculate from her yellow Pinto, to her Brown 280 Z, to her turquoise Chrysler Sebring, to her red Jeep Cherokee, to her purple PT Cruiser, to her final car, her champagne Infiniti. She preferred to be the person behind the wheel, not only in driving, but in life. All of us who have known and loved Mary Brown remember that she was one of a kind. She loved the color purple, animal prints, flamingos, elephants and pinot grigio wine. She filled our hearts and lives with love and joy and left us all too soon. Please join us to celebrate her life on Saturday April 6, 2013 from 1-4 p.m. at the Lodge, 445 Herrick Road, Eureka, California. If you feel so inclined, please come prepared to share a favorite Mary Brown story. If you have so many good ones that you can't choose, please feel free to e-mail any and all stories (censored or not) to The family would like to compile a book of stories that are too good to be lost. If you want to wear an animal print in honor of Mary's memory, that would be great! Memorial donations may be made to PAWS, Miranda's Rescue, the Sequoia Humane Society or any other charity benefitting animals. Please sign the guest book at, click obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2013
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