Mary Brown
Downing & Lahey Mortuaries & Crematory - East Wichita
Wichita, KS
Mary Brown
January 22, 2021
Wichita, Kansas - Mary Virginia Douglass Brown, age 93, has died. Passionate about politics, Mary supported conservative Republican causes locally and nationally. She was elected to represent the 8th district on the Kansas State Board of Education in the 1990s.
A dedicated educator, Mary taught art at Wichita Collegiate School in the late 1960s then enjoyed teaching English at Wichita West High School during the 1970s. She launched a second career as a home decorator with The Brown House of Décor, helping many friends feather their nests throughout the 1980s.
Born in Girard, Kansas, Mary was a proud third generation Kansan through both parents. She met her husband of 52 years, John Silas Brown, who passed in 2003, at the University of Kansas. Mary later earned her Masters in Education at Wichita State University.
Active in Kappa Kappa Gamma, her college sorority, Mary also was a member of P.E.O., Wichita Junior League, and Central Christian Church. After living in the College Hill neighborhood for five decades, she made her home at Larksfield Place in recent years.
Mary is survived by her brother, Myrl Robert Douglass, daughters Jodie King (Bradley King), Corie Brown (Chris Fager), four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
A Girl Scout herself and a troop leader for both of her daughters, in her memory Mary's family would appreciate donations to the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
No services are scheduled at this time.
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Mary has been a dear friend for many years. She will be greatly missed. Our prayers and condolences to her family.
Mary Lynn Priest and family
Lynda Priest Huelsman
January 27, 2021
Love, Dave and Marty Fish
January 27, 2021
Mary was always a delight to visit with at larrksfieid place shecwill be sorely missed
Jihn&marge Winter
January 26, 2021
I’m glad I got to know her through the Encouragers class at CCC. I’m sure she’s with the Lord now in his Kingdom. You are missed ! Our sincere condolences to her family.
Pam & Allen Winter
January 25, 2021
When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. Mary has been a member for 62 years in P.E.O. and part of her membership with Chapter EI. Rest in Peace Mary in knowing you were a special part of such a well-lived life.
Bridget Coultis-Thornton
January 24, 2021
I knew Mary thru a mutual friend before she joined the Encourager Sunday School class. I also went to her Christmas open houses when she was a decorator and I enjoyed our friendship, Most recently we both came early for S.S and she
always brought her most recent book she was reading, Ironic I tried to call her yesterday and said phone was disconnected So condolances to her family. Nancy Ford
Nancy Ford
January 23, 2021
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