Brown, Cicely Mary

Mary Brown

November 12, 1941 - June 8, 2019

Cicely Mary Brown of Allen, Texas passed away on June 8, 2019 at the age of 77. She was born on November 12, 1941 to Harry and Cicely (Page) Hope in Truro, Cornwall, England. Mary earned a degree in geography from Oxford University in 1963. She was an environmental educator at the Richardson Environmental Studies Center and a registered Texas Master Naturalist. On August 10, 1963, she married Alistair Ross Brown in Addington, Surrey, England. Mary has traveled the world extensively, mostly with her husband, and has visited 76 countries. She cherishes memories of living in a tent in the Australian Outback, of riding elephants in Thailand, of riding camels in India, of encountering wild orangutans in Indonesia, of hiking in Norway, of sailing on a river boat in Russia, and of visiting many of the world's greatest sights. She was also very attached to Cornwall, the place of her birth, and the wonderful little cottage which the family owns there.

Mary is survived by her husband, Alistair Brown of Allen, Texas; daughter, Helen Bailey and husband, Daniel of Denton, Texas; son, Timothy Brown and wife, Danyel of Richardson, Texas; son, Simon Brown and wife, Emily Moultrie of Claremont, California; grandchildren, Austin Bailey and wife, Genevieve, Ariel Bailey, Brendon Fry, Oliver Moultrie-Brown, and Sophia Brown, and other loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Cicely Hope.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas. A reception will follow at 1911 Country Brook Lane, Allen. Please come but please do not wear black.

 

 

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Barry and Annemarie send their heartfelt condolences on this sad day but celebration of Mary’s life. Barry’s Message: In 1967, as an English immigrant to Australia, I remember fondly my first meeting with Mary, Alistair and Helen when we worked in the bush in central Queensland and far to the west of Alice Springs. Weekends spent bush walking in Carnarvon Gorge and our crazy Cessna flight to outback cattle stations and oil drilling operations. Also, the many invites to dinner in the Brown’ tent; a civiised relief from the Batchelor camp. Later, my visit to Dallas, and about 5 years ago the chance to host Mary and Alistair in our home. Mary was always a great lover of nature and had keen interest in her surroundings. Although far removed from the last few years of her life we will cherish her happy and loving personality. With kind wishes to you all, Barry and Annemarie Bright, Victoria, Australia *We will donate to WWF Barry Willcox and Annemarie Wiegerinck, June 12, 2019 I met Mary many years ago at a Classic Literature meeting of the Richardson Branch of the American Association of University Women. We attended this group together for many years where Mary was our most beloved member who was also our English Literature expert. Her favorite poets were the young English men who wrote about World War I and the horrors and suffering these young men had to endure while defending the country they loved. She would read her favorite poems these young men wrote and always would quietly sob as she did because their words affected her so. Mary always had a wise, witty, even profound, yet also humorous, way of discussing literature or just about anything. She was always friendly, kind, wise, curious, fun-loving, yet never at anyone else's expense. She kept a beautiful home, was a good English cook and introduced our group to many delicious English dishes that we all enjoyed. She was my friend and my much loved "sister" literature lover. I've missed her so much since she's been so ill, and now I'll always miss her not being here with us physically anymore; but her spirit of love, joy, love of nature and the earth and her many friends and most beloved family personify the wonderful and amazing, one-of-a-kind person she was and always will be. Mary, you'll be sorely missed by all of the many, many people who love you. The world will be a much poorer without you. Janice Edgin Most sincerely, Janice Edgin Janice and Eldon Edgin, June 12, 2019