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1929 Mary 2022

Mary Lou Brown

October 17, 1929 — July 11, 2022

Mary Lou Brown, age 92, of Fort Myers, Florida passed away on Monday, July 11, 2022.

Mary was born October 17, 1929 in Fort Recovery, Ohio.

Mary Lou Brown was preceded in death by her parents, Zeno and Alma Anthony; her brothers, Mark and Jim Anthony, and her sister in law, Mary Francis Anthony.

Mary Lou is survived by her loving husband, William Jack Brown; her children, Kathy (Paul) LaVanway, Barbara (Richard) Gorman, David (Nicole Beukers) Brown, Elizabeth "Betsy" (David) Wyatt; her grandchildren, Paul (Katie) LaVanway Jr., Molly (Will) Britton, Nate (Joanna Wicher) Gorman, Madeline (Same Sloma) Gorman, Zachary and Brittney Brown, Aiden, Pierce, and Charlotte Beaukers; her great-grandchildren, Prescott, Ethan, and Maxwell LaVanway, Charlotte and William Britton; and her nieces and nephews Patty and John Anthony.

Mary Lou and her husband, Bill, were avid boaters in every state they lived from Ohio to Michigan to Missouri to Florida. Mary Lou enjoyed taking family vacations and she and Bill placed a priority on the family taking spring and summer family vacations together. Once their kids were out of the home, Mary Lou and Bill ventured out on European excursions. As their children started to have children of their own, Mary Lou relished being a grandmother and enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren.

Mary Lou was a faithful member of St. John XXIII Parish and in her free time Mary Lou enjoyed reading and socializing with neighbors and friends. She was an amazing mother, grandmother, and friend and always made time to listen and offer up advice or a kind ear to bend. She was never found without a hanky up her sleeve, and loved Swedish fish. Her favorite color was purple which symbolizes wisdom, bravery, and uniqueness. Mary Lou was all of these things and so much more to the people she loved so well, she will be dearly missed.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, June 19, 2023, at Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Fort Recovery, with Father Ethan Hoying celebrating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.

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Service Schedule

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Funeral Mass

Monday, June 19, 2023

10:30 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church

403 Sharpsburg Road, Fort Recovery, OH 45846

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