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Anne Marie Brown

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Anne Marie Brown Obituary

Anne Marie Brown

Anne Marie Brown passed away peacefully at her home Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, after a lengthy illness. Her loving family surrounded her. Anne was born July 14, 1935 in Worcester, MA, to James and Isabella Callahan.

Anne received her undergraduate in Home Economics at Keen State University in Massachusetts. She received her Masters in Education at Boston University. After college, Anne traveled overseas to teach in Germany at the military base. It was there she met the love of her life, Jack, at a carnival. Jack was stationed in Germany by the United States Army. Jack and Anne were married and returned to Fort Ord. Anne taught at Washington Junior High School, and eventually went on to North Salinas High School and taught special education for 25 years. After retirement, Anne was elected to the Salinas High School Board, where she remained for eight years. Anne continued her leadership as a two-year member of the Sacred Heart School Board. Aside from being an avid educator, Anne was also a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) teacher for 18 years. Anne leaves a legacy in education and leadership. She strived for her students to reach their full potential, and touched the hearts of many young individuals. Anne enjoyed her summers exploring in Yosemite with her family as well as countless roundtrips up and down the coast of California visiting missions. However, no matter where she was or what she was doing, her teacher's hat was always on.

Anne was a proud member of the California Teachers Association (CTA), Catholic Daughters Association, American Association of University of Women (AAUW), and American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

Her husband, Jack Brown who passed Jan. 19, 1988, preceded Anne in death. Her brother, Charles Francis Callahan, also precedes Anne in death.

Anne is survived by her children, Johanna Brown of Salinas, Kathleen (Jim) Gillott of Chualar Canyon, Sharon Brown of Los Gatos, Tricia Brown of Hollister, Jennifer (Rich) Haro of Salinas, and Timothy Brown of Salinas; and grandchildren, Beau, Jack, Adam, Claire, and Brooke Gillott, Catelyn, Evan, Nathan, and Thomas Haro, Elizabeth, Caroline, Joseph, and Anne Fleming.

Anne blessed many lives and will be missed dearly.

Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., at Sacred Heart Church, 22 Stone St., Salinas, CA 93901.

In memory of our Anne, please wear green to celebrate her Irish soul. Any donations can be made to Parkinson Disease.

Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.

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Published in The Salinas Californian from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2014
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