MARIE I. BROWN

Marie

Marie I. (Mrs. Claude) Brown, age 90 of Dundas, died on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at Three Links Care Center, Northfield.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 139 Mercy Drive, Faribault on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. with The Reverend Kevin Finnegan officiating. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Sunday, June 26th from 3 to 7 p.m. and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Marie Irene, the daughter of Dr. Edward P. Mulcahy and Marie (Blanchette) Mulcahy was born in Detroit, MI. During her infancy, her parents moved back to Minneapolis after her father became ill. He had taught flying lessons during the First World War and was injured when a student of his crashed the airplane and had to be hospitalized in a Minnesota hospital. Marie and her mother then resided with her Motherís family (the Blanchettes) until her dad was released from the hospital several months later. Edward became a dentist afterwards and practiced in Minneapolis.

Marie attended the St. Anthony of Padua School through the 7th grade, Thomas Lowry School in 8th grade, and graduated from Edison High School in 1938. While at Edison High School, she was a member of the National Honor Society, received a Quill and Scroll Pin, and became the News Editor of the "Edison Record", the Schoolís newspaper. She also belonged to many other school clubs. Marie graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dental Hygiene in 1940 and has always maintained her Dental Hygiene License since 1940.

On February 17, 1941, Marie was united in marriage to Claude E. Brown at the new St. Charles Borremeo Parish. Marie and Claude lived on a farm near Faribault, MN; and then in October of 1941, they moved to a farm, near Dundas, MN where she resided until her death.

For a period of time, Marie served on the "Little Prairie School Board", Rice County Extension, Community Garden Society, Northfield Hospital Auxiliary, Community Bible Study, St. Lawrence Church Bible Study, was a Rice County Farm Bureau lifelong honorary member, an honorary parent member of the Northfield F.F.A., two community birthday clubs, the "Little Prairie" Community Club, and was also a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church Parish of Faribault.

Marie especially enjoyed the traditional family Christmas Eve celebration at her home; family birthday parties visiting with family and friends, and she loved all her "grandbabies" dearly and her travels to Maine, Virginia, California and Ireland.

She is survived by four children, C. Patrick (Maxcine) Brown of Faribault, Dennis Michael (Mary Ann) Brown of Dundas, Dr. Richard Wallace Brown of Tracy and Dr. Kathleen Marie (and Dr. William Brockway) Brown-Brockway of Tracy; 18 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a step mother, Dorothy (Divine) Mulcahy; her husband, Claude E. Brown; and a son, Thomas E. Brown.


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Name: Donna Erickson Couch
Email: dcouch2@cox.net
Date: Monday June 27, 2011

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My deepest sympathy to all of the Brown family at the passing of a truly wonderful woman, mother, grandmother, friend and to me, godmother. My heart is both sad and warmly full of the beautiful memories I have of Marie and Claude, visiting the farm as a child, and later hosting a few dinners at my home here in California when they would come to visit. No matter when I saw Marie, she was always so full of joy, eager to share all of her many stories of the family and genuinely interested in the events my life. Ever the perfect godmother, Marie always had time for me, never forgot my birthday, and made me feel special, as I'm sure she did with all of her loved ones. I am so grateful that I got to see her in September when I was in Minnesota for my mom's funeral. Marie told me that she considered mom more like a sister than a friend and as she hugged me good-bye, I knew that Marie's love was limitless and her presence timeless. May all of you feel that presence deeply within and around you today as you celebrate the on-going life of a great person. Many blessings, Donna

Name: Betty Schwartz.....Morristown
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Date: Sunday June 26, 2011

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I was so sorry to hear of Marie's passing. We always had some good visits at Waterville when our Grandaughters played basketball. Claude and Marie always came for the games. Our visits were before the games started of coarse. You all have my sympathy. She was one swell lady...............

Name: Nicole Neumann
Email: nicolemneumann28@gmail.com
Date: Sunday June 26, 2011

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Condolences to Marie's children and grandchildren. I have heard many wonderful stories from my mother, Carol Neumann, about Aunt Marie and have wonderful memories of the Christmas Eve I spent at her house as a child. She always had presents wrapped beautifully for all the children that came through her door for the holidays. I am sure she is smiling now in heaven with her amazing husband, Claude, my grandma Minta, and her son, Tom.

Name: Randy Albers
Email: randall.albers@gmail.com
Date: Sunday June 26, 2011

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To the Family of Marie Brown: I am very sorry to hear of Marie's passing. I am halfway around the world right now, teaching in Prague, but I think that everyone who grew up in Little Prairie feels that they carry something of that community with them wherever they travel. And Marie was such an important part of that community for many people, including me, personally. She, along with the other mothers in the neighborhood, was a guide and wonderful, welcoming presence who opened her home to me, as to so many others, over the years. She was steady, supportive, and easy-going, with a ready smile and a kind word anytime I walked in the door to their farmhouse or saw her at a community picnic or other gathering. One memory comes back especially clearly. During the year that Tom and I carried on a nearly endless "World Series of Monopoly," whenever I would come into the kitchen to begin those property wars, she would greet me warmly, then shake her head with mock sadness at all those hours spent arguing over play money. But soon, she'd smile and tell me to sit down at the long kitchen table, not letting me go upstairs to begin those high-finance battles in Tom's bedroom until I consented to sit down and have something to eat. As I have carried Claude and his stories with me for many years, so I will always carry Marie and hers wherever I go. The two of them brought so much to the Little Prairie community and so much to all of our lives. My sympathies go to the family. May all the great memories of this remarkable woman carry you through this difficult time. With love and great memories of Marie, Randy Albers

Name: Brad & Lesa Brown
Email: lbrown1987@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday June 25, 2011

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Brad and I wish we could be there with the family during this time. We will miss Marie very much. She always had a smile for you, she was genuinely interested in what was going on with you and your family if she hadn't seen you in a while. I know Brad and the rest of the "boys" will miss supper at Marie's for hunting season.

Name: Ellen E. Lenz
Email: ellen@lenzfamily.us
Date: Saturday June 25, 2011

Memories

I remember the Marshall Men's Chorus Dinner Theater, we sat together and visited until the performance. She was a wonderful lady with a great sense of humor. We were also together for a dinner at Richard's home, it was great fun, I always thought that we would see each other again, but it didn't happen, although I always knew what was going on in her life, because I always asked when I ssaw ior talked to Richard. She will be missed by her family and friends; I counted myself as one of her friends. My thought will be with all of you and you honor her one last time. God bless all of you in this time of sorrow and healing. Ellen E. Lenz Cottonwood MN

Name: Jan Albers
Email: albers@middlebury.edu
Date: Friday June 24, 2011

Memories

I was very sad to hear about Marie. I spent many happy hours in the Brown house when I was growing up. There were so many times Marie would start telling Kathy and me some funny story, laughing so hard she could hardly finish her tale. She had the greatest belly laugh. And, of course, the greatest chocolate cake. She raised a houseful of smart, funny, loving kids. Thanks for taking us all into your big heart, Marie.

Name: J Wald
Email: jawald@charter.net
Date: Friday June 24, 2011

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My thoughts & prayers are with you all in your time of loss. I enjoyed visiting with your Mom years ago. She will be greatly missed.

Name: Don & Mary Kolb
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Date: Friday June 24, 2011

Memories

We were both saddened to hear of the loss of a great lady. Marie was a very special friend you could always turn to. We have such good memories of her and the fun we use to have. She always had a good aditude about life. Of course we could not forget her marvelous Chocolate cake. The Little Prairie Picnic will not be the same without her cake. Our thoughts and prayers go to all of her family, both near and far. Don & Mary Kolb Norhfield, MN

Name: Helen Albers
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Date: Friday June 24, 2011

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Our Albers' family is saddened to learn of the death of our much-loved friend, Marie Brown, who brought such happiness to all who knew her. Marie and I enjoyed much time together during our child-raising years. She was a devoted mother, and raised a fine family in a house full of love and fun times. With love and sympathy to each of the Brown family, who have cared for their mother so lovingly. You know that Marie is in a better place now. "Those who live in the Lord never see each other for the last time."

Name: Margaret/Casey Christian
Email: CMKMAS@charter.net
Date: Friday June 24, 2011

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We are so sorry to hear of Marie's death. I have so many memories of growing up with the Brown family and my trips to convention with Marie. We shared so many great stories/laughs/shopping/memories. She will be missed! She was a wonderful friend to my mother, Dorothy. The phone calls to say she had her famous chocolate cake ready for tasting always brought a smile to my mother's face. We could always count on Marie having that cake to share! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.