Marian Brown

A Mass of Christian Burial for Marian M. Brown, 82, Lawrence will be held 10 a.m., Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence.  Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS.  She died December 20, 2011 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Marian was born on December 11, 1929 in Kansas City, KS the daughter of James and Alberta Sanders.  

She attended the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, MO under the direction of Madame Olga Sacerdote, she later became a professional opera singer.  She also attended the Aline Jefferson School of Beauty, she had a salon in Leavenworth and then moved to Lawrence in 1977, and was owner of an elegant salon she named Marian’s Hair Place.                            

She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a former NAACP president, a member of the Older Women’s League, Mother-to-Mother, Department of Aging, and the American Legion.  She was on the Kansas Board of Cosmetology, as well as the board of Meals on Wheels.  She was a member of the LesNoveletts in Leavenworth, and taught cosmetology at the women’s prison in Lansing.

She married Walter L. Brown, Sr. on July 3, 1955 in Platte City, MO.  He preceded her in death September 25, 2001.

Her angels include one son, Walter L. Brown, Jr., Topeka, KS; two grandchildren, Jeannette R. Parker, Lawrence and Walter L. Brown III, Lubbock, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Aspen, Robert, Blyss and Braylee; one sister, Clarice Conner, in AZ; one brother, Hiram, Kansas City, KS; numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by four brothers, James, Robert, Clarence, and William.

The family will greet friends from 5 – 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 26, 2011 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. 

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Marian M. Brown Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the mortuary. 

17 Condolences

  1. Doris Lewis on December 22, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I am very sad to hear this news. I know she is in the arms of the Lord. Will miss you. I will keep your family in prayer.

  2. Jayne Sullivan on December 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Marian was such a wonderful lady. We lived across the street from the Brown’s in Lawrence for many years. Marian always had a smile on her face and a friendly wave. I always enjoyed visiting with her as she was so positive and cheerful, and funny! Anyone who knew Marian is truly blessed.

  3. Chana Ireland-Bowles on December 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. May GOD wrap all of you in his loving arms so that you may be comforted.

  4. Mimi Tolbert Baker on December 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    My condolences out to the family.I have very fond memories of your mom and the stories she would tell of when her and my mother,Mary Louise(Brown) Tolbert,were growing up.And she would do my moms hair and we would get to eat some of her cooking.Those were the good ole days.Your Mom will be deeply missed,but thought of with a smile.

  5. Ed Simpson on December 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I lived across the street from Walter and Marion on Yellowstone Dr. I am so sorry to hear about her passing. She was a wonderful and beautiful lady.

  6. james t. Johnson on December 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    To the family of Marion Brown:
    My prayers go out to all of you who have lost “Our Marian”. Every time we got together, it was a race to see who could out talk the other. We both won! Tell Marion to hold a spot for me in Heaven.
    Your Road Buddy
    James T. Johnson
    Leavenworth, Ks.

  7. Shirley Biller on December 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Marian was a sweet lady, and passionate about what she believed in. We worked together for the Jayhawk
    Area Agency on Aging, and enjoyed every minute of it. God bless all of you, her family at this time of separation.

  8. Donald(Fubby)and Wilma Howard on December 26, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Sorry for your loss.

  9. Gayle Sigurdson on December 27, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Marian patiently taught me about the importance of beauty in every day situations and modeled grace every time I saw her. She will be greatly missed.

  10. LeAnna Hickman on December 27, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I’m of sorry to hear of Marian’s passing. She was such a joy to myself and the office staff her at the Board of Cosmetolgy. She always brought cheer into the day. She was a great asset to the Board. We’ll miss her.

  11. David Dinneen on December 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Marian and I sang together for a couple of years at Corpus Christi Church. A wonderful member of the choir. When my wife died just a year ago, Marian was very kind to me. I’m so sorry I did not know her better.

  12. Roger Holden on December 27, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Marian’s hair salon was next door to my business for years. She was so cheerful and kind to me and many others. She gave much to the Lawrence community and was a talented, beautiful lady.

  13. Jeannette Shorter on December 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Loved her dearly. Thank God for giving me the opportunity to get to know her well through the years. She has truly been a blessing to me since the age of 13. I will be praying for the family as you all go through these next few weeks. love

  14. Ann Reed on December 29, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Dear Family & Friends of Marian:
    My family frequently sat in the pew right in front of Marian at St. John for the 10:30 Mass. We didn’t know her well but we knew enough that she was a very sweet lady, so kind. Our 3 boys often entertained her as well as the others in that pew behind us. We’re so sad at the news of her passing and I wish I could have stopped by for the visitation on 12/26. My family and I send our sincerest condolences to all of you and you are all in our prayers. So sorry for your loss, Marian was an absolute gem and we are glad we knew her.

  15. Durand Dickerson on December 29, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Walter: I am sorry to hear that your mother had passed. I really appreciated reading the obituary about her the successful things that she done doing her life. As you may know, death is always painful and always unnatural. It will be nice to see the fulfillment of Revelation 21:4 when the sting of death will be a thing of the past. Thank you for caring for your mother throughout the years. I know it meant a lot to her that she had a dependable, loving and caring son. You showed how a son or daughter should take care of their aging parents. Take Care
    Durand Dickerson

  16. Aspen McDaniel on January 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Thank you for all your condlences. My great-grandmother was so successful I’m just proud to know how loved she was and that she will never be forgotten.

  17. Deborah hall on December 12, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    My confidant, advisor and spiritual mom has been with the Lord for a long time. I am sitting here tonight thinking of her and missing her. I know she is with the Lord singing.


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