BROWN, Ettamae J., "Aunt Boo", "Billie", 97, died Tuesday, December 31, 2013. A lifelong resident of Tampa, Mrs. Brown's father came to Tampa in 1898 from Georgia when he volunteered to fight in the Spanish American War, along with Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. When the war ended, her father made Tampa his home. He married Ella Snowden from Lakeland and together they raised their three daughters in Tampa. Her father became Ybor City's first Constable in 1917 under Governor Sidney Catts and then was Hillsborough County Personal Tax Collector. Her mother was a nurse. Mrs. Brown began working at an early age in downtown Tampa and was later a sheet metal worker in the shipyards during WWII. She worked for the Hillsborough District School system before retiring. She was an active member of the MacDonald Training Center Parent's Group and was a coach for the MacDonald Training Center Saturday Bowling League and was active in the Special Olympics. A lover of all animals, she never turned a stray or injured animal away. She was a crossword puzzle and Scrabble whiz. In November, Mrs. Brown was named an honorary Rough Rider by Mr. Charlie Spicola and the Tampa Rough Riders at the rededication ceremony for the Spanish American War veterans at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park. Mrs. Brown is predeceased by her parents Middleton Witt Johnson and Ella Snowden Johnson, husband H.A. Brown, daughter Lennis Elizabeth Brown, sisters Louise J. Stahl and Hazel J. Stille, nephew Edward Middleton Stahl and great-nephew Sidney Edward Stahl. Mrs. Brown is survived by niece-in-law Shirley P. Stahl, great-nephew Kendall T. Stahl both of Tampa, great-nephew Terrance E. Stahl (Sherril), great-great-nephews, Corey Stahl, Kevin Stahl (Larina) and Brian Stahl (Lauren), great-great-great niece Lila Stahl, all from New York, nephew Wayne A. Stille (Mary Jane) of Groveland, FL and special friends Fernando Lopez III of Tampa and Mary Alexander of Jacksonville Beach. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Ramon and Myriam at Chang's Assisted Living Facility and staff for their excellent care. Private graveside services will held at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make contributions in memory of Mrs. Ettamae Brown can be sent to the MacDonald Parent's Group Memorial Fund - 5420 W Cypress Street - Tampa FL 33607. Her favorite saying to everyone she met was, "Be kind to yourself."
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Published in TBO.com on Jan. 9, 2014