Mary Catherine (Robinson) Brown

Born: Thu., Nov. 20, 1930
Died: Mon., May 8, 2017

Celebration of Life

7:00 PM Fri., May 19, 2017
Location: Grace Bible Church

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Mary Catherine (Robinson) Brown, 86, passed away at her home in Navarre on the morning of May 8, 2017.  Born November 20, 1930, a daughter to the late Irvin “Chick” and Carrie (Ielsch) Robinson, Mary had been an area resident her entire life.  She attended Moffitt Heights Elementary, Lorin Andrews Junior High and graduated from Massillon Washington High School in 1948.  Mary was a Girl Scout and had worked as a car hop at Keefer’s Drive-In in Navarre.   She received her undergraduate and her master’s degree in biology from Kent State University and with her husband, established the Mary & Reed Brown Founders Scholarship in Biology, which continues to fund the education of numerous students.
She married Reed Brown, of Navarre, in 1954, and moved into the home in which Reed was born, remaining there until her death.  They had enjoyed 57 years of marriage prior to his passing.
Early in her professional career, Mary taught elementary students in Navarre and completed her teaching career after more than 30 years at Canton South High School.  She led Spanish language students from many Stark County schools on numerous tours to Mexico.  These tours were used to further educate local students in the Spanish language and culture.  Mary was often accompanied by her sister, Betty.  After retiring from teaching, Mary volunteered as a docent at the Wilderness Center and became a Master Gardener.  She viewed herself not simply as a teacher but an educator.  She enjoyed traveling to Australia and New Zealand with her husband years ago, and completed an encore trip with her nephew just weeks before her death.  In her “spare time,” Mary enjoyed knitting, sewing, gardening and a challenging crossword puzzle.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by an elder brother, Paul; and a dear sister and brother-in-law and best friends, Betty and Glenn Mackey.  Mary appreciated the sacrifices of her parents and the close bond which grew between her and her sister and her brothers.  She counted herself as blessed to have so many pleasant memories.
She is survived by two brothers, Jack (Elaine) and Tom (Elaine) Robinson, both of the area; many hundreds of students, co-workers and friends; and generations of nieces and nephews upon whom she generously lavished her love and attention.  Mary was the first to shy away from attention to herself and the first to cheer on the accomplishments and endeavors of others.  Her consistent encouragement has impacted many lives.  Like Mary’s gardens, she leaves behind the sweet perfume of contentment, caring and generosity which she shared with many, many friends.  It is impossible to have known Mary and not to have loved her.  Her legacy will live on through the thousands of people her life has enriched.
Cremation has taken place.  Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life Service at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening, May 19, 2017, at Grace Bible Church, 1700 Hankins Rd. NE, Massillon.  The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Mary and Reed Brown Founders Scholarship in Biology, P.O. Box 5190, Kent Ohio  44242; Stark County Wilderness Center, 9877 Alabama Ave., SW Wilmot, Ohio  44689 and Community Hospice Care, 716 Commercial Ave., SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio  44663.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Atkinson Feucht Hare Funeral Home in Massillon.

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Byron Brown
   Posted Wed May 17, 2017
My brother and I were looking forward to our reunion this fall to see Mary. She was in such good spirits last fall when we came to visit her. We will always remember her as a dear Aunt.

Jane SchleifBrown
   Posted Wed May 17, 2017


Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Aunt Mary will be missed. Love, Byron and Jane Brown Vista, CA Robert and Jennifer Brown Winston Salem, NC

Mindy Aleman
   Posted Thu May 18, 2017
Mary brought joy into my love and so many others. She was one of the kindest, most unselfish, lovable, sweet person I have ever known. She was also a courageous and strong lady who was able to face life's challenges fearlessly and always moving forward. No matter what obstacle came into her life--Reed's illness, damage of trees on her property, and of course her own health---she was always ready to talk with you and hear about your life, and with her own quirky sense of "Mary humor". She was very special and we will miss her terribly. I am sorry I cannot be with you all tomorrow evening, but my heart and spirit is with you. May she forever rest in peace.

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