HORSEHEADS, N.Y. — Longtime Orleans resident and community activist Marian M. Brown, age 88, died April 9, 2010, at the home of her youngest daughter in Horseheads, N.Y., where she was in hospice care following a stroke.
She was born March 28, 1922, on a farm outside Cochranton, Penn. She was a magna cum laude graduate of Allegheny College, Meadville, Penn., in 1942 and earned a master's degree in government management from the University of Denver, Colo., in 1944.
In 1949 she married Richard L. Brown, a municipal planning graduate, in Madison, Wisc., where she was director of research for the Wisconsin Citizens' Public Expenditure Survey from 1945 to 1949. After raising three daughters in Connecticut and New York State, Marian Brown undertook a second career with Planned Parenthood of the Southern Tier in Elmira, N.Y., where she served as a staff educator from 1972 to 1982.
The Browns retired to Cape Cod in 1982 to their solar "dream house," and soon grew active in local environmental and political organizations. Marian served on the Orleans, Mass., Finance Committee and chaired the Democratic Town Committee, earning recognition from the state House of Representatives in 1994 for her civic service. After the death of her husband in 2004, she moved to the Albany, N.Y., home of her eldest daughter.
Survivors include three daughters, Stephanie Mumford Brown (Paul Holloway, Albany, N.Y.), Jennifer A.M. Brown (Philip Kimball, Lawrence, Kan.), and Pamela M. Brown (Alan Lefkowitz, Horseheads, N.Y.), six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by a sister, Jean M. Spencer (New Paltz, N.Y.), and a brother, H. Dale Mumford (Plainsboro, N.J.). In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sister Gladys M. Sears and brothers J. Dean Mumford and Perry M. Mumford.
Memorial donations can be made to the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, P.O. Box 398, Barnstable, MA 02630