Leta Trice Chesbrough Brown
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VERO BEACH, Fla—Mrs. Leta Trice Chesbrough Brown, 88, of Vero Beach, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Horizon Bay Vibrant Retirement Living in Vero Beach.
Mrs. Brown was born in Federalsburg, Md., to Lewis H. and Maude Harding Trice and moved to Vero Beach in 1956, from Cincinnati, Ohio.
She graduated from Federalsburg High School in 1941, entered Salisbury State Teachers College (now Salisbury University), graduating with a B.S. Degree in August 1944. She was very active in Glee Club, Debate, and volunteered during World War II with the Red Cross. Leta taught at Mount Rainer, Md., Elementary School for two years.
In 1946 she became an Airline Hostess for Capital Airlines (which became United Airlines). She loved the traveling and spent two years enjoying it before marrying Robert Cowles Chesbrough and moving to Cincinnati, Ohio.
She studied at the University of Wisconsin and became a teacher of the blind for six years before moving to Vero Beach Florida in 1956, where she and Robert opened a delicatessen and catering business named "The
Sandwich Tray". Leta returned to teaching and became Indian River County's first Special Education Teacher. She spent the next twenty- six years as a teacher, a teaching principal and, the principal at Wabasso School for Exceptional Children. In 1975 she received her
Masters of Education Degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. She retired in 1983 after 35 years of teaching.
Leta was listed in the Who's Who of American Women Leaders of Elementary Education, and was published in Exceptional EducationMagazine and presented workshops on teaching exceptional children.
She was active in the Florida Federation of Business and Professional Women's Club, serving in local and state offices. Leta served as President of the Vero Beach Chapter of the American Association of University Women. She was a past President of Vero Beach Retired Educators Association and Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Teacher's Sorority.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Cowles Chesbrough; her parents and three brothers.
She is survived by her husband Robert Brown of Vero Beach, nephews; Gary Trice from Parsonsburg, David Trice from Salisbury, Floyd Fred Trice from Fruitland, and nieces; Rebecca Truitt from Covington, Ga., Pamela Zorzi from Milton, DE, and caregivers Tina Garber and Diana Crawford.
Contributions may be made to Salisbury University Alumni Association In Leta's name, 1120 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801.
The family will receive friends 4-7 PM, Friday at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach. A funeral service will
begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the Community Church in
Vero Beach. Interment will follow at Crestlawn Cemetery in Vero Beach.
Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory of Vero Beach is in charge of arrangements.
An online guestbook is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Daily Times on Dec. 14, 2012