Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


June 3, 2014

Ann Clay Brown

Ann Clay Brown, 93, passed away at Trisun Care Center on Sunday, June 1, 2014. She was a steadfast Christian who served Jesus Christ faithfully. She was a lovely, gracious and dignified wife and mother. Her sense of humor and gregariousness defined her.

Ann was born on Nov. 14, 1920 to Will and Ellen Clay in Stephenville, Texas where she graduated from high school and Tarleton State College. She met her husband-to-be, Charles H. Brown, when both were students at Tarleton. Ann went on to the University of Texas where she graduated with a degree in bacteriology in 1941. From 1941-1942, she trained in lab technology at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth. On June 5, 1943, she married Charles H. Brown, who was then in medical school. The Charles Brown family moved to Corsicana in 1956 when Dr. Brown took a position with the Navarro Clinic.

Ann was a faithful member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Corsicana for over 57 years where she was a Sunday school teacher and served on the altar guild. She was influential in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to children through Child Evangelism Fellowship of Navarro County. She volunteered in literacy programs for first graders at Bowie Elementary School, served on the Corsicana Public Library Board during the late 1960s and on the board of Twilight Home from the 1980s until the early 2000s, and was active in Community Bible Study as long as she could participate. She was a member of the Navarro County Medical Auxiliary, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Kinsloe House, and the Corsicana Country Club. She enjoyed playing bridge with different women’s groups.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Ellen Clay, her brother, Major William Clay, USMC; and her husband of 66 years, Dr. Charles H. Brown.

She is survived by her four children, Nancy Brown Harrison of Waco; James Clay “Jim” Brown of Midland; Mary Brown Gilbert of Euless, and Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Brown of Corsicana. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family expresses heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Ann’s dedicated caregivers, her hospice nurses and the priests and pastors from St. John’s Episcopal Church, Westside Church of Christ and Cedar Lake Hospice who cared and prayed for her. The family also thanks Trisun Care Center, especially its nursing staff, for providing excellent and compassionate care for Ann.

Contributions or memorials may be directed to St. John’s Church, 101 N. 14th St., Corsicana, TX 75110; Child Evangelism Fellowship of Navarro County, 117 Mall Dr., Corsicana, TX 75110; The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 758, Corsicana, TX 75151-0758; the House of Refuge, 627 W. Collin, Corsicana, TX 75110, or the Family Service Association, 517 N. Commerce St., Corsicana, TX 75110.

A visitation with the family will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.

A memorial service to celebrate Ann’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2014 at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Right Rev. Sam B. Hulsey, Rev. Ed Monk and Rev. Richard Avery officiating. A celebration luncheon in the church parish hall will follow the service.

Honorary pallbearers are Ann’s three grandsons James Clay Brown, Jr., William Thomas Harrison, Sr. and Justin Joseph Gilbert and Dr. Kent Rogers, Dr. James Witten, Dr. Scott Middleton, Fred Grimes and Bill Regester.

An online guestbook is available at and selecting the Ann Brown obituary.

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