Mary K. (Stearley) Brown, 94, of Brazil, Indiana, passed away at home on January 23, 2018 surrounded by her family.
She was born April 7, 1923, in Centerpoint, Indiana the daughter of Henry and Bertha (Romas) Stearley. She attended Vinegar Hill and Brown Elementary Schools and graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1941. While at Brazil High School she was a member of the National Honor Society, worked as a library assistant, and worked as a Candy Kid at the ball games.
In 1942 she joined St. John’s United Church of Christ and was involved in the Home Builders Class and St. John’s Women’s Guild.
She attended Indiana State Teachers College and graduated in 1944. There she was a member of Kappa Delta Phi Honor Society and The Elementary Club.
She taught elementary school for 4 years at Bowling Green Elementary and 1 year at Staunton Elementary.
She married Ralph M. Brown at St. John’s Church on June 10, 1945. He passed away on June 9, 2007.
In addition to her parents Henry and Bertha Stearley and her husband Ralph Brown she was preceded in death by her son Tim M. Brown; brothers: Wayne Stearley, Glenn Stearley; grandson Andrew Griffith; sons-in-law Jerry Houser and Milton Andreas and sisters-in-law Mercedes Brown, Jean Stearley, Imogene Yegerlehner; brother-in-law Melvin Brown.
She is survived by her daughter Beth Andreas of Brazil; grandchildren: Ed Brown; April Knox and husbnd Brian of Columbus, Indiana, Amber Wright of Brazil, Ebony Guyton of Milwaukee; great-grandchildren: Ashley Brown, Mariah Brown, Hannah Brown, Nicholas Shaw and wife Kristen, Amanda Peterson and husband Paul, Adam Knox, Joshua Knox, Landon Wright, Blake Wright, Antonio Guyton, Austen Guyton, Avie Austin, and Ashton Austin; great-great-grandchildren: Max Peterson, Olivia Peterson, Levi Peterson, Emma Shaw and Zoe Shaw; a sister-in-law Barbara Stearley; brother-in-law Earl Yegerlehner as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Visitation will be at French Funeral Home, 421 E. National Ave. Brazil, Indiana 47834 on Monday, January 29, 2018 from 11:00am until 1:00pm. Services will follow at 1:00pm with burial to take place at St. John’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ 3456 IN-42, Centerpoint, IN 47840 or Intrepid Hospice 609 E Surgery Center Dr., Terre Haute, IN 47802.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.