Joanne F. Brown
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WHITINGHAM- Joanne Freeman Brown, 85, a resident of Wilmington Cross Road, died peacefully at her home on Friday morning, November 3, following a brief illness.

Born in Brattleboro on April 21, 1932, she was the daughter of Jasper D. and Lucie (Coffin) Freeman. Her family moved to Whitingham in 1935 where her mother, Rev. Lucie Freeman, accepted a position as pastor at the Community Church of Whitingham and soon after, the Community Church in Halifax.

Mrs. Brown grew up in Whitingham and graduated from Whitingham High School in 1950, where she developed lifelong friendships, missing only the most recent reunion lunch, held in September. She continued her education at the Mary Fletcher Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated as a registered nurse.

In May 1954 she was married by her mother to Donald R. Brown in the Community Church of Whitingham. She worked at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and at the emergency clinic at Mount Snow with Dr. Mickey Wolf and Helen Brigham. She also provided private home care to many clients, including M.A. Brown. She was a lifelong member of the Community Church of Whitingham, and she was a devoted member of the Ladies Benevolent Society for over 70 years. She became a member of the Whitingham Historical Society’s “85” club this past summer.

Mrs. Brown enjoyed knitting, playing word games such as Srabble and Banana-grams, card games, and jigsaw puzzles. She was also an avid reader. She leaves her daughters, Donna Roy, of Whitingham, and Kelly Winter, of Brattleboro; grandchildren Becky and Matt Goodnow, Josh Brown, and Daniel Kunesch; brother-in-law Red Aldrich, of Keene, NH; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She also leaves behind many close friends including the gang from Senior Meals, caregiver Sue Galipo, and close friend Sherry Adams.

Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband Donald, son Jeff, and sisters Virginia Aldrich and Betty Jean Gilmore.

Graveside services will be held on Sunday, November 12, at 2 pm at the Sadagwa Cemetary with Rev. Douglas Laplant officiating. A time of fellowship will follow in the vestry of the Community Church of Whitingham, hosted by the Ladies Benevolent Society.

Gifts may be made to the Whitingham Ladies Benevolent Society or Jacksonville Senior Meals, c/o Covey, Allen and Shea Funeral Homes, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.

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