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Princess Brown

West Lafayette - Princess Brown died at 12:30pm on September 14, 2018 at Westminster Village Retirement Community, where she had lived for many years.

Princess Brown was born on September 26, 1923 to Fitz-Allen and Lena Simpson in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies.

Early in life, Princess was interested in music. She attended the Rockley School of Music, where she studied piano with Millicent Roberts and organ under Althea Keith, both prominent music teachers in Trinidad. Princess continued her music education at the Conservatory of Music at McGill University in Canada, then received certification as a performer and a teacher from the Royal School of Music in London, England.

Princess married Cyril B. Brown on June 3, 1945 at Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. After he earned a Ph.D. in Agronomy and Chemistry (soil science) from Purdue, Princess and her new husband dedicated their lives to providing scientific soil assistance and agricultural support to the disadvantaged around the world while supporting research in higher education to benefit others. Princess' mission was to be a music teacher. In Canada, she was active in the United Church of Canada in Ste. Anne de Bellevue near Montreal. She also held the position of piano accompanist in the Creative Arts Dept. at MacDonald College of McGill University.

She returned from Trinidad from 1961-67 and held two positions - she taught music in high schools and was the assistant organist at Hanover Methodist Church. During her husband's four year assignment to Niger in French-speaking Africa in 1976-1980, she volunteered her services to Sudan Interior Mission (SIM), a well-established Christian service mission in the Middle East. The family moved to Georgia in 1968, where she opened her private piano studio and was assistant organist at St. Peter African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Valley, Georgia.

Princess and Dr. Brown returned to Purdue University in 1980, where she became very active in the local music community. She opened a private piano studio - The Princess Brown Music Club - which was affiliated with the Indiana Federation and National Federation of Music Clubs. She was an active member of the Lafayette Music Teachers Association and performed in nursing homes, Sunday afternoon library concerts, and the biennial Master Concerts at Long Center. She was a two-term President of the West Lafayette Musicale, during which time the Musicale was nominated for a Marquis de Lafayette award. Her service at Purdue University was in the Physical Education Dept., where Nancy Brook was director of Dance. Performances were held in Fowler Hall and Loeb Theater.

Princess was organist at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and substituted often at other churches in Lafayette in support of their music programs. She maintained active membership at First United Methodist Church in West Lafayette, where she was music teacher, youth leader and organist on special occasions. She also volunteered for musical purposes in all sorts of activities throughout the community.

Princess and Cyril Brown had one daughter, Judy (husband: Marvin); two grandchildren, Jonathan (wife: Tasha) and Candace, and three great-grandchildren, Naomi, Amelia and Noelle.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm on September 22, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 1700 State Rd 26 W, West Lafayette, IN 47906 with Pastor Denny Frank officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. Share memories and condolences online at
Published in the Journal & Courier on Sept. 16, 2018
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