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Myrtle Ray Lancaster Brown, 91, truly a pearl of great price, slipped away from us on October 6, 2012.
A woman of great beauty, quiet charm and deep faith, she leaves to mourn, her husband of sixty-seven years, Harold William Brown; her two sons, Jack Philip (Ann Whibbs) Brown and Jerry Paulo (Susan Nelson) Brown; ten grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.
A daughter of the Great Depression, Myrtle was raised one of fifteen children of North Carolina tenant farmer Augustus (Mattie Brantley) Lancaster. Typical of this generation, Myrtle and her siblings went on to live exemplary lives and raise thriving families. Her older brother, Captain Marvin Lancaster, gave his life in service of his country in North Africa in 1942. Myrtle served her nation as a Navy wife for twenty-nine years. The high point of this Navy career was a three-year tour in Japan, where she was active in promoting better Japanese-American relations. She was honored to be the personal guest of the physician to the Imperial Household and his family during an extensive tour of that country, during which she had admittance to many areas not often seen by Westerners. Myrtle Ray and Harold retired to Pensacola in 1987. She will be warmly remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, a fantastic cook and one sharp bridge player. We will miss our sweet Mema forever.
The family will receive friends at 9:30am on Saturday, October 13, 2012 with a Memorial service beginning at 10:30am at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel. Rev. Rick Spencer will be officiating.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff of Homestead Village, particularly her special friends and caregivers Rosita, Janice, Leanne, Tameka, Tom and LaShay; as well as Covenant Hospice nurse, Joan, for their unstinting and loving care and support through the long goodbye of Alzheimer's disease.
They request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Alzheimer's Family Services, 1901 N. Palafox St., Pensacola, FL 32501.
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HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL
2276 AIRPORT BLVD. PENSACOLA, FL 32504
Published in Pensacola News Journal from Oct. 11 to Oct. 13, 2012