Barbara Elizabeth Brown passed away peacefully at home in Tucson on May 27, 2013. She is survived by her sister, Susan Montague Brown of Dunedin, Florida, who has been with Barbara in Tucson since November 2012. Barbara was born on September 24, 1939, in Richmond, Virginia, the elder daughter of the late Aubrey Montague Brown and Florence Irene Pruitt Brown. Following graduation from Hermitage High School in Richmond, she worked as a medical secretary in the rehabilitation unit of the Medical College of Virginia. She subsequently attended the Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her BS degree in Occupational Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia. Following graduation, she had a brief internship at Mt. Zion Jewish Hospital in San Francisco, California. She returned to Virginia and for 18 years served as an Occupational Therapist and Supervisor of Clinical Education for the State of Virginia at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville, Virginia. In 1987 Barbara moved to Tucson, Arizona, where she served as an Occupational Therapist for several rehabilitation organizations, including the Gloria DeVore Hand Therapy Clinic, the Geriatrics Rehabilitation at Hillhaven, and most recently the La Canada Health Care Center. Barbara was tremendously devoted to her work and the many patients she served. Barbara was an active sportswoman, including softball, fishing, canoeing, hiking and camping. She played the acoustical guitar and sang in a band in Fishersville, Virginia, and traveled extensively throughout the United States, visiting 47 of the 50 states. In Arizona, she was a dedicated U of A women's basketball fan, attending every home game and many away games as well as the weekly coach's seminar. She was an active member of the Rose Society of Tucson, growing beautiful roses, and served on the society's Board and as Chair of Clerks at the society's annual rose shows. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 400 E. University Boulevard (4th Ave. & University Boulevard), Tucson, Arizona. Arrangements by VISTOSO FUNERAL HOME.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on June 2, 2013