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Mary Kathryn Brown

January 16, 1934 ~ November 3, 2021 (age 87)

Obituary

Mary Kathryn Brown, aged 87, passed through the veil on Wednesday November 3, 2021. She was in the company of family and filled with the love of those who couldn’t be at her side.

She was born on January 16, 1934, in a Marionville, Missouri to Robert Stanhope Boyd and Nettie Viola Ragsdale-Boyd. She was the 3rd of five child, who had all proceeded her in death. She always enjoyed a close and loving relationship with her parents and siblings. Mary developed a love for sewing as a young child that remained throughout her lifetime. She graduated from Hereford, TX Highschool in 1951.

She met the eternal love of her life, Clayton Joe Brown, in Hereford, TX while working in a lettuce shed. They were married after a 2-week courtship on November 15, 1951, in Clovis, NM, and with $19 to their name moved to Eagle Lake, TX to start their lives together. They later resided in Lubbock, TX during which time the first of 10 children was born on their 1-year anniversary. In 1955 they joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and were sealed in the Mesa Temple on June 10, 1958 to eachother and their three children. She continued to live a full life, giving birth to their remaining children, moving when required, making necessary sacrifices for her family, and always making time for laugher, adventure,  and love. During this time, she obtained her Associates of Art by going to night school while raising her children.  She lived the final years of her life in Snowflake, AZ.  

She loved her husband unreservedly for 70 years and could often be heard saying how lucky she was to be his. Though if you ask him, he will say HE was the lucky one. Their relationship was the best example of respect, love, and friendship.

Family was always the most important part of her life, and she cherished them. Whether it was a quiet conversation, a noisy, raucous family reunion or looking on with a smile as a shaving cream war broke out. She was never too busy for company, and always left you feeling accepted and loved.

She was an artistic soul who found joy in sewing, pottery, painting, ceramics and more. She taught her children and grandchildren to sew, and she had just begun sewing lessons with two of her great granddaughters a month prior to her passing. The memories made in her sewing room will always be cherished.

She was a talented homemaker whose home was always filled with love, warmth, creativity, and laughter. Her many creations adorn the walls of her home and the memories of her entire family.

She was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She lived the gospel, loved the gospel, and read her scriptures every morning. She served and fulfilled numerous callings within the church throughout her life.

Her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren will lovingly remember her unconditional love, warm family holidays and heart to heart talks.

She will be welcomed in heaven by a large gathering of family and friends, including, her parents, siblings and her sons, David Robert Brown, and Michael Leroy Brown.

She is survived by her husband, Clayton Joe Brown, her sons, Stephen Jay Brown, Larry Joe Brown, Clayton Mark Brown, Daniel Boyd Brown and Anthony Ryan Brown, and her daughters Cynthia Kaye Brown, Rebecca Kathryn Brown, and Cameron Ann Gonzalez. As well as, 47 grandchildren, 118 great grandchildren  and 8 great-great grandchildren.

The services will be held at the Pioneer Park Chapel in Snowflake, AZ on Friday November 12, 2021. The viewing will be from 10-10:30am and the funeral following at 11:00am. A small graveside service will be held at the Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery in Taylor, AZ immediately after.

In leu of flowers please donate in her name, Mary Kathryn Brown, to the LDS Missionary Fund or LDS charity.

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