Fort Worth Star-Telegram Obituary
BENBROOK - Jean H. Brown , beloved mother, grandmother, friend and follower of Christ, passed from this life in the embrace of her Heavenly Father Friday, July 30, 2010.
Jean was born Dec. 22, 1931 , in Taylorville, Ill. She attended Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., where she met the love of her life, George Brown , her husband of 44 years. Early in their marriage they relocated to Fort Worth, where they raised their four children. In addition to being a wonderful homemaker and loving mother, Jean served as the church secretary at Redeemer Lutheran Church for many years.
Jean then began working for her dear friend Pat at Pat Gray Real Estate. Although able to retire, Jean loved her job and looked forward to seeing those she considered to be her extended family each day.
Jean was a joyful, vibrant, giving person who was very young at heart and who always saw the best in those around her. Mama Jean dearly loved her grandchildren and was fervent in her daily prayers for each of them. She did her best to attend every graduation, recital, play, awards banquet, baseball game, tennis match and track meet - whatever the occasion she did not want to miss one moment in their lives. Mama Jean instilled her faith and kindness into each of her grandchildren.
Jean was a talented musician who had a lifelong love for music and the joy it brought to others. She served the Lord through the years playing the church organ, serving as choir director, as a soloist and in recent years as the keyboard player with the praise team at her church, Christ Lutheran. She loved the fact that though she was older than the others in the praise team they accepted her as a musician and peer. Knowing the gift of music should be passed on to future generations, Jean was active for over 20 years in the Symphony League of Fort Worth whose mission is to cultivate, promote, support and develop the love of music in children. Jean taught piano lessons in her home throughout her life and was a member of the Manchester Music Club. Jean 's community activities over the years included League of Women Voters, Garden Club, Lutheran Women's Missionary League and the PTA among others.
Jean Brown will be sorely missed; the world is a little less bright today and heaven is much brighter.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, George Brown ; parents, Ralph and Irene Hofener; and sister, Helen Fischmann.
Survivors: Children, Greg Brown and wife, Jan, Karen Willcutts and husband, Michael, Kirk Brown and wife, Nancy, Tracy Conrad and husband, Brad; grandchildren, Amy, Erin and husband, Lucas, Michael, Rachel, David, Kevin, Emily, Heather, Hope, Haley and Jeffrey; great-granddaughter, Danielle Jean ; sister, Marge Griffiths; brothers, Harold Hofener and Robert Hofener and wife, Esther; nieces; nephews; and dear friends.