Mary Anna (Lane) Brown, 91, of Shawnee passed from this life on Nov. 19, 2017, of natural causes.
Mary Anna (Lane) Brown, 91, of Shawnee passed from this life on Nov. 19, 2017, of natural causes. She was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the oldest of three children, on Sept. 23, 1926, to Thelma Penny Lane and John Garland Lane. Mary married Orville Donald (OD) Brown, Jr. on Aug. 30, 1947. She graduated from Shawnee High School in 1945. After attending Oklahoma Baptist University, she earned a B.S. in Business Education in 1953 from Southwestern State College. Mary later earned Master’s degrees in Business Education in 1964 and Library Science 1969 from the University of Oklahoma. Mary worked in businesses and taught high school in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas. In 1969 she accepted the position of Director of Libraries at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas, from where she retired in 1991. Throughout her professional career, Mary was active in several academic and service groups including American Association of University Women, American Library Association, Delta Kappa Gamma and Delta Pi Epsilon. Her hobbies included embroidery, reading, and being with family.
She is survived by her husband, Orville Donald Brown, Jr.; son, Orville D. Brown III (Suzanne), Mesa, Arizona; grandson, Edward Donald Brown, Chandler, Arizona; brother-in-law, Hubert Brown and sister-in-law, Betty Jean Shipp Brown, Tecumseh, Oklahoma. She will be missed by her nieces, Sheila Miller Mielke (Ron), Debbie Miller Adams-Thomas (Paul), Cheryl Kienholz Davis (Mike Dadik), Stephanie Kienholz Nestlerode (Bill), Janice Brown Spicer, Betty Dockery Brown, and her many grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Coy Scott Lane, sisters Jean Lane Kienholz Cloyd (Doug), and Barbara Lane Miller (Louis) and her nephew Hubert (Huey) Brown, Jr.
Services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel, with Kay Smith Nix officiating. The family will receive friends before and after the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Bethel Cemetery at the Bethel United Methodist Church, Bethel Acres. The family appreciates the care and compassion shown to Mary Anna in the final year of her life by Heartland Hospice and Shawnee Colonial Estates Nursing Home. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, the family requests donations be made to the Salvation Army.