Betty Jane Brown, 88

May 04, 2010
  • Betty Jane Brown

-MAY 1, 2010

Betty Jane Brown, 88, passed away peacefully at home on May Day, May 1, 2010, at 6:25 in the evening. At the time of her death, she was surrounded by the care and love of her family. Present were her devoted husband, Jim; son, Jimmie and his wife, Crystal; daughter, Carolyn; granddaughter, Blake; and great-grandson, Nick.

Betty was a devoted and loving wife, mother and homemaker, every corner of the family home reflecting the care and dedication to her family, which was the hallmark of her life. She was a proud, headstrong and determined woman, and though hampered by frailty and infirmities in her last years, remained true to herself until the end.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 68 years, James Leroy Brown of Upper Marlboro, Md.; son, James Leslie Brown and his wife, Crystal, of Boonsboro, Md.; daughters, Carolyn J. Harrington of Silver Spring, Md., and Brenda J. Brown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Blake Smyle and her husband, James, of Boonsboro, Grayson Brown of Baltimore, Md., Nathaniel Harrington, and Charlotte and Elisha Taney of Silver Spring, Md. She was a great-grandmother to Nicholas Moreland and Hannah Smyle of Boonsboro.


She was also fiercely loyal to her birth family, the Frazers, formerly of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., where she was one of 11 children.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Art, Lawrence, Ronald, Freddie, Frankie, Bobby and Paul; and sisters, Dorothy McLeaf and Alice Mellott.

She is survived by one sister, Mary Lobingier of Abbottstown, Pa.

Betty graduated from Smithsburg High School, class of 1941. During World War II, as part of the movement to have women work in the factories while the men were away at war, she worked as an inspector for Landis Tool Co. in Waynesboro, Pa.

She was a member of Hope Presbyterian Church in Mitchellville, Md. Her friend and pastor, Dottie LaPenta, visited and ministered to her an hour before her death.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 6, at 11:30 a.m. at Germantown Bethel Church of God, 16294 Raven Rock Road, Cascade, Md.

Arrangements are by Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro.

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