Marian I. Brown passed from her earthly life and into eternal life with Christ on November 19, 2019.
Marian was born on January 28, 1927 in Spokane, WA to Hazel Davis and Frank M. Crawford.
She spent most of her younger life on a farm in Alberta, Canada. At age 17 she left home to live with her older sister, Aurelle, in Seattle where she worked on the Air Base and then later as a waitress at a restaurant at the SeaTac Airport. While there she began a correspondence with the brother of a sailor who was dating her sister at the time. This was during WWII. After the war ended and the sailor came home, they met in person and spent three days in Seattle getting acquainted. Then the sailor came back home to his family’s farm Southwest of Concordia, KS. He had been home for a time and as the story goes, he came in from working in the field one day and told his mother, “I’m going to Seattle to get married.” That sailor turned back to farmer was Jesse Junior Wright of Concordia, KS. They were married on July 30, 1946 on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. After a wedding trip into the interior of Vancouver Island they returned to Kansas and began life together on the family farm. Marian loved life on the farm, and she loved her new family and was quick to make friends with the neighbors and her new husband’s extended family.
In the summer of 1949, the family was made complete with the birth of their daughter, Mellany Sue. Tragedy struck not two years later when Marian was made a widow when her husband Junior, along with his father, Jesse was both killed in a tractor accident. Marian chose to stay on the farm and close to her “other mother” as she called her, because her compassionate heart wouldn’t let her take the only grandchild away from the woman who had lost both her youngest son and her husband. Sometime after that Marian and Mellany moved in with her mother-in-law in the family home.
In 1956 a new chapter in Marian’s life started when she met and married Charles Edward Brown of Glasco, KS on April 7, 1956. Their first child Marietta Hazel was born on their first anniversary and their second child, Charlotte Aleta was born 2 years later. Marian was active in all her daughter’s lives, teaching them cooking, sewing and knitting. She was a cook at the local truck stop in Glasco for several years as well as working as a school bus driver in Glasco. She owned and operated the C&L drive in restaurant in Glasco for several years. She was well liked in the community and never met a stranger. She was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign War’s Ladies Auxiliary. She loved music and enjoyed singing.
In her retirement years she and her husband Ed worked as campground hosts at Corps of Engineers Parks in KS, MO, IA and Texas being at Wylie, TX year around for about 10 years. She really enjoyed traveling with their camping trailer and meeting all the people that passed through the various parks where they worked. Ed passed away in 1998 and in 2002 she moved to Rockford, IL to be closer to her daughter, Mellany and remained there until they all moved back to KS near Topeka in 2015. While she lived in Rockford, she was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Belvidere, IL and after moving to Topeka she joined Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
In addition to her two husbands she was predeceased by her parents, two sisters, Aurelle V. Green and Joann Evans, one brother, Calvin Fee, one nephew, Bob Evans and a great grandson, Marc W. Ring. She is survived by three daughters; Mellany Sue Maxwell (Randy) of Topeka, KS, Marietta H. Brown of Wakefield KS, and Charlotte A. Porter (Terry) of Wichita, KS; grandchildren, Brenda A. Ring (Larry) of Jeffersonville, IN, Jason S. Roenne (Heather) of Meriden KS, Charles Benson, Kevin Benson, and Terry Porter all of Wichita, KS; great grandchildren, Ryan R. Ring, Jeffersonville IN, Boyd S. Roenne and Jack L. Roenne of Manhattan, KS, Neva L.M. Roenne and Mellany K. Roenne of Meriden, KS. She also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and countless friends to mourn her passing.
Honoring Marian’s request, cremation is planned. A memorial ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2021 W. 29th St., Topeka, Kansas 66611. Private family inurnment will be at Glasco Cemetery, Glasco, Kansas and Morrison Cemetery, west of Concordia, Kansas.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southwest Chapel.
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