Barbara Jean Brown

03/22/1941 - 10/17/2014 Obituary
Barbara Jean Brown Obituary
Jeannie Brown, as she was known by friends and family, was born March 22, 1941, in Oklahoma City to Bill and Bertha Ratliff. In 1958, Jeannie moved with her parents to Williston, North Dakota, where she spent her senior year of high school and made many enduring friendships. She then attended one year at Oklahoma State University before transferring to the University of North Dakota where in 1964 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing.
On June 19, 1964, Jeannie moved to Alameda, California, and on the following day she became Mrs. James Brown. She and husband Jim celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 20, 2014, shortly before Jeannie was diagnosed with her fourth and final cancer.
In the early years of her marriage, Jeannie worked as a registered nurse at Children's Hospital in Oakland, California, taking care of newborns to toddlers afflicted with serious medical problems. This experience served her well later in life as a mother of three and grandmother of seven. She always had a special fondness for the little ones.
Jeannie and Jim moved to Bakersfield in 1968 and began raising their family. Jeannie's love for her children and grandchildren shines forth from each of them as a legacy to the warm and caring person she was to all people.
Golf, tennis, fishing and gardening were in the forefront of her outdoor activities, and she made many special friendships at Rio Bravo, the Bakersfield Racquet Club, and local nurseries. She was also an accomplished artist whose oil paintings include a work called "Butts and Putts" that still adorns the ladies locker room at Rio Bravo.
The beauty of North Idaho was introduced to Jeannie and her family in 1978. Ever since then it was the Brown family's vacation destination and ultimately their second home. In addition to her many friends in Bakersfield, Jeannie will be missed by dear friends from her days in Oklahoma and North Dakota, as well as her special friends and neighbors in the "hood" that surrounds Gossamer Cove at Lower Twin Lakes, Idaho.
Jeannie is preceded in death by her daughter, Kelly Haines. She is survived by her sister Judy Damron Pool of Dallas, Texas, her husband Jim, daughter and son-in-law Brandy and Marty Starr, son Matthew, and grandchildren Ryan, Joe, Johnny and Cooper Starr, Spencer and Mason Haines, and Gabe Garrett.
Jeannie's eleven year struggle with her many cancers, which she endured without a single complaint, ended peacefully at her home where she was surrounded by her adoring family. She went into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the afternoon of October 17, 2014.
Services will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 10:00am, at Saint Francis of Assisi 900 H Street.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Oct. 24 to Oct. 26, 2014
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