1932 - 2020
Marion Jane Brown passed away in her home in Farmington Hills, Michigan, on April 10th, 2020 at the age of 87. She was predeceased by her husband, Spencer Reid Brown in 2016, and is survived by five sons and eight grandchildren.
Marion Jane Palermo was born May 27th, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan. She was the fourth of five children of Girolamo (Jerome) and Providence Palermo. Girolamo was born in Sicily in 1897 and Providence (maiden name Madonia) was born in Detroit in 1905. Marion's siblings all predeceased her. In order of birth Marion's siblings were: Frank, Grace, Louise, and Margaret.
Marion grew up in the Palermo family home on the East side of Detroit, on 2943 Bewick Avenue. Marion graduated from Southeastern High School in 1950 and was a member of the Young Teen's, Spotlighters, and Biology Clubs.
After high school, Marion moved to New York City. She worked for Air France as a secretary and in 1955 she flew to Paris where she would meet her sister Grace and husband Jim. Together Marion, Grace, and Jim visited Rome and other cities in Italy.
Marion would soon return to Detroit to assist with the care of her mother. She worked for a number of accounting firms on a temporary basis and took courses at Wayne State University. Through a friend, Marion met her future husband, Spencer Brown, who was also attending college at Wayne State.
In the summer of 1957, Spencer and Marion were married at Mariner's Church in Detroit. Together they would raise five sons: Gregory, Christopher, Douglas, Timothy, and Matthew.
Marion worked for over 10 years at Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital, assisting in the admitting room of the Emergency Room. She later worked for over 20 years at TJ Maxx in Livonia and Farmington Hills.
Marion and Spencer loved the outdoors and would regularly take their sons on camping trips to Canada. Marion enjoyed gardening and had a passion for working in the yard of her Farmington Hills home. Marion loved music and put several of her sons through piano lessons. Other passions included sewing, cooking, and spending time with her husband of 60 years.
Published in New York Times from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2021.