Dorothy Catherine (Coley) Brown;|
September 13, 1924 -
July 25, 2013.
Dorothy was the loving daughter of Dorothy (Stretton) Coley and Thomas Coley of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
Dorothy married Andy Earl Brown of Counce, Tennessee, and they first lived in Sarasota, Florida; she and Andy lived most of their life together in Corinth, Mississippi; there she tenderly cared for Andy, who was a former WWII POW and a 100% disabled veteran, until his death in 1989. Dorothy moved to Houston, Texas in 2007.
Dorothy's parents and her brother, James Coley of Sherbrooke, also predecease her.
Her loving sister, Shirley Sager of North Attlelboro, MA, survives her. Dorothy is also survived by her six devoted children: Allen (Patti Melton) of Houston, TX; Sarah (Michael Taylor) of Williamsburg, VA; (Rev.) Charles of Franklin, WI; Glenn of Olive Branch, MS; Susan of Lawrenceville, GA, and Andy (Jan Altobelli) of Carmel, IN.
Dorothy leaves behind ten grandchildren who will miss her terribly: Shelley Brown of Boston, MA; Carley (Matthew) Bremner of Old Town Alexandria, Va; Alex Brown of Los Angeles, CA; Anya Rose (Abran) Shaffer of Richmond, VA; Terrell (Elise) Brown of Hernando, MS; Evan Brown of Lesotho, Africa; David Cobb and William Cobb of Lawrenceville; Collin Brown and Abigail Brown of Carmel.
Dorothy adored her one great-grandchild: little Lucas Bremner of Old Town Alexandria.
A life-long Roman Catholic, Dorothy remained faithful through her last days. She instilled faithful and sterling values in her children; during the troubles of her husband's illnesses, Dorothy was the still point and the quiet strength at the center of the family.
Her children, in turn, sought and seek to instill those values in their children, and strive to live them out in their chosen professions, so continuing Dorothy's legacy of gentle kindness and faithful dedication. Dorothy's final words were, "Oh, it's so beautiful."
The Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy will be celebrated on Saturday, August 3, at 12:00 noon, St. Theresa Church, 6622 Haskell St., Houston, TX 77007.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the ministries of The Priests of the Sacred Heart: P.O. Box 289, Hales Corners, WI 53130-0289. (414) 427-4266. www.sacredheartusa.org
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 2, 2013