Mary L. Brown, 93, of Danforth passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth after a brief stay. She was born on August 1, 1926 in Kankakee, the daughter of Harold and Florence (Sage) Wolf. She married Wayne E. Brown in Kankakee on December 31, 1955 and he preceded her in death on November 18, 1997. In addition to her husband, Mary was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Richard Wolf; and one step grandson, Eric Smith.
She is survived by her four children: Peter (Barb) Brown of Peoria, David (Coya) Brown of Crystal Lake, Kathy (Jack) Austera of Indianapolis, and Tom (Allison) Brown of San Rafael, CA; ten grandchildren; one step granddaughter; five great grandchildren; one sister, Janice (David) Trecker of Naples, FL; one sister in law, Shirley Wolf of Loveland, CO; and several nieces and nephews.
Mary was an accomplished pianist in her youth, receiving many accolades. She continued to play throughout her life. She attended Olivet Nazarene College and North Central College. Mary then worked in the Huff and Wolf Jewelry store. In 1955, she married Wayne Brown and moved to the farm west of Danforth where she would spend the next years raising her four children, with the occasional break to practice on the baby grand piano in the family room. Wayne and Mary moved into her current home in Danforth in 1987 after retiring from farming, where she would reside until her passing. Mary loved to tend to her flowers, knit, cross-stitch, and work jigsaw and crossword puzzles. She loved to spend time with her family and was proud to knit them each an afghan.
Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 am on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. A graveside funeral service will follow at 11:15 am at Danforth Reformed Cemetery in Danforth. Rev. Donald J. McDonald III will officiate.