Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 26, 2013

Mary Jean Brown

The Athens Review

Athens — ATHENS-Private graveside services and interment for Mary Jean Brown, 88, Athens were held 2 p.m., Monday at the Pavilion of Shelby Chapel Cemetery with Dr. Kyle Henderson officiating. Services were under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Mrs. Brown died Sunday afternoon at her residence in Athens.

She was born Aug. 28, 1925 in Henderson County to the late Hubert and Alene Hall Fulton. Mary Jean and husband Tom worked at the Junior College when they met. She became his secretary when they worked at the high school.

In 1958, Tom bought a portion of Foster Funeral Home, becoming full owners in 1979. They renamed the funeral home Foster and Brown Funeral Home. They operated the funeral home numerous years, and soon after Tom’s death, Mary Jean sold the funeral home.

She was a member of the Day Lilly Society, and owned a nursery where she grew orchids. She enjoyed painting as a hobby. She was a member of First Christian Church. After her retirement, she was a homemaker.

Mary Jean is preceded in death by her parents and husband Thomas L. Brown in 1987.

Survivors include her children Billy Hall and wife Peggy, Athens, Wayne Brown, Dallas, grandchildren Kristin Hugghins and husband Wade, Corby Brown, all of Athens.

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