Patricia Ann "Patt" (Mapes) Brown
1927 - 2021
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Patricia Ann "Patt" (Mapes) Brown

Battle Creek - Patricia Ann "Patt" (Mapes) Brown, 93, of Battle Creek died January 3, 2021 at home in the arms of her loving husband of 73 years, Robert L. Brown.

Patt was born November 22, 1927 in Battle Creek the daughter of Paul Leander and Cereda Irene (Sykes) Mapes. She was a lifelong member of the community, graduating in 1946 from Battle Creek Central High School followed by a career at the Kellogg Company, first as a tour guide, and later in production and quality control, retiring in 1991.

Patricia Ann "Patt" Mapes was united in marriage to Robert L. Brown on July 4, 1947 at the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Battle Creek. Surviving are Robert, her husband of over 73 years; daughter, Leslie (Lynn Shafer) Brown of New Gloucester, Maine; son, Bryan (Wade Handrich) Brown of Holt, MI, son-in-law Danny Belt of Battle Creek, MI, former daughter-in-law Patricia Ann Brown of Charlotte, MI, seven grandchildren, Carlo Porter, Benjamin Porter, Richard Porter, Jessica (Harlan) Goodrich, Geoffrey (Morgan)Belt, Elyse (Eric) Donahue, Will Shafer; five great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. Patt was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Larry Porter; a daughter, Brenda Belt; and brother, Richard E. Mapes.

Patt lived a rich and fulfilling life of family, work, travel, and volunteer work that included her many interests. While building their home from the ground up, Robert and Patt raised their four children. In addition to raising children and work, she managed to volunteer, initially in organizations and groups that involved her children. She held leadership positions with the local 4-H group, Girl Scouting and the PTA, rising to the occasion when openings appeared despite stretching outside her comfort zone on occasion.

Her drive for sustained learning kept her continually enrolled in various classes and workshops throughout her adult life. She maintained a steady diet of adult education and later, both Patt and Robert were active in their senior years with Elder Hostel and later Institute for Learning in Retirement through KCC. Some classes provided travel opportunities that when combined with family and personal travel included all 50 States, parts of Canada and Mexico. She especially enjoyed Hawaii, Alaska and her Mississippi Stern Boat Cruise.

Patt shared enthusiasm for the performing arts and derived great pleasure from attending both theater and musical performances, holding season tickets and sharing them with friends and family. The Civic Theater, The Barn Theater, Franke Center, Battle Creek Symphony and Brass Band were some of her favorites. These performances provided early exposure and fun family outings for her children and later became ritual at holidays and special occasions, an event to look forward to and share.

Her other passions, during her years of volunteering extended but not limited, to plants and animals. After years of maintaining her own gardens, she became a member and active volunteer at the Leila Arboretum as a Master Gardner. Her love of animals led her to various volunteer roles at the Binder Park Zoo. She mentored young students at Ann J Kellogg School and provided support work in various capacities for Hospice.

Patt loved spending time with her family; it would not be surprising to find her square dancing, golfing, playing cards and dominos or board games in a spirited, lively and sometimes competitive manner. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend and volunteer; though small in stature. . . .she remained an energetic and assertive force. Her uncanny ability to find humor, even in life's rough moments, sustained her and remained an enduring asset. She was loved by all whom knew her.

Friends will be received 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home, where a service to celebrate Patt's life will be officiated by Pastor Tim Smother's 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 11, 2021. Interment will be held later.

Memorial contributions may be made to Leila Arboretum Society, 928 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49037. Personal messages for the family may be placed at

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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 16, 2021
Pat was one of my long-time favorite patients. Although I could not help her much the last few years relative to her diabetic retinal issues, she always presented very graciously and spirited.
Dr. Craig Miller
January 15, 2021
We were long time friendsds and acquaintences - Pat was always smiing and upbeat. We weren't aware that she had passed until I saw her obituaty in the shopper today. Our condolences to Bob and the family.
Marie Schneider
January 14, 2021
Sending heartfelt sympathy with fond memories of Mrs. Brown as a 4-H leader. Sending prayers and hugs.
Diane Tuttle-Cummins
January 13, 2021
My condolences to the whole family. Our hearts and prayers are with you. We shared so many wonderful times together as we grew up, I still treasure them today. Patt's smile and warm heart always made me feel a part of your family wherever we were, and we went to many places! May God's love surround all of you at this time. Heaven just became a bit more beautiful.
Cindy Norgan
January 12, 2021
So sorry for your loss. My love and prayers to Bob and family❤
Marilyn Berridge
January 12, 2021
Kathy and I are ever so grateful to share Grandma Patt's Profoundly Warm & Gentle Spirit when we were graciously invited to Brown Family customs, in particular; the annual 4th of July Marshall Fountain Concert/Chicken Dinners. Bob and Patt, we always think of you, Appreciate your Friendship and treasure that Elyse and Eric carry on your Good Works. Thank You Patt and Bob.
John Donahue
Family Friend
January 10, 2021
Thinking of all of you in your time of loss. Patt(I never knew until today that she used two t's). I always enjoyed Patt's great smile and friendliness at the reunions,after all she was married to my mom's (Donna or Johnny) favorite cousin. You could tell she was a lover of life. What a gift! I'm not venturing out because of covid. My thoughts and prayers with all of you. Love Sue
Sue Piper Skidmore
Family Friend
January 10, 2021
This was a very warm, gracious lady. I am so sorry for your loss. I have known her for nearly 50 years. As a former teacher at Harper Creek, I was fortunate to have all 3 of her children -Leslie, Bryan, and Brenda, plus granddaughter Jessica in class. What wonderful people! Pat also knew my parents and was good friends with several of my aunts as they all worked together at Kellogg's for many years. She was such a lovely, genuine person who always made you feel special. I'm sorry for your loss, but hers was a life well lived. God bless all of you.
Kathy Rizor
January 10, 2021
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know personally how that loss feels but also know how much relief our loved ones have now that they can rest eternally. Love to all of you❤❤❤❤❤
Myra Heidel
January 8, 2021
Leslie, such a lovely tribute to Patt, your mom. I remember her wit, humor and laugh when she visited with your dad in New Gloucester. I have loved hearing the many stories when you returned from a Michigan visit-most involved rowdy card games. Thinking of you and your family at this time and sending our love. Love. Marie and Tim
Marie Reimensnyder
January 6, 2021
Bob and family,
The KCC Foundation staff is truly saddened with the news of Patt's passing. For me, personally, she was like a second mom. Her love for learning, traveling, flowers and music (to name a few) was so wonderful to see and experience. I got to know Bob and Patt in the Institute for Learning in Retirement at KCC and had such a ball when they took a trip I planned. Her sweet smile and kindness will always stay with me.

Teresa Durham
Teresa Durham
Family Friend
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