Vera M. Brown
April 9, 1928 -- August 14, 2021
Our mother was - like our father - of that generation born during the Great Depression and raised in a Kansas oil boom town where her father labored as an oil field worker as well as taking on numerous odd jobs, and her mother kept house and earned 'pin money' making candies and cakes. When she would talk about those years, it was never about the poverty or hardships (though that was the reality of her childhood), it was about her Aunt Amna, Uncle Howard, her best friend and same-age cousin Dorothy; about taking care of her two younger brothers, Donny and Tommy; about the cleverness of her father, Tom Chase and the kindness he and her mother, Laura, extended to neighbors; it was about her jobs working in the local drug store and its soda fountain; her school days and how she fell in love with our cheeky, smiling father, Mack Brown, because he was so in love with her. Our parents were married on October 10, 1948 and together they lived through those post-World War II years. We became a family of four in the 1950's; Dad wanted Mom to be a full-time homemaker, and she was that and more throughout our growing-up years in Nebraska, as Dad oversaw construction of the Kaneb Pipeline through Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Mama was always there for us. She was teacher, nurse, counselor, theologian, disciplinarian. But she also knew how to have fun, and the memory of her laughter still makes us smile. There were always lady friends dropping in to sit at our kitchen table for coffee and conversation with Mom. She read widely and shared her knowledge of folk remedies (herbs, spices, teas, vitamins, massage) and her knack for investing (she was a member of the BENS investment group of friends and also a ladies investment group).
After our move to Wichita, Mom made many new friends as manager of Parke East Townhomes (Dad finally agreed that she could be employed and be a homemaker, too). As well, Mom and Dad maintained their deep friendships with lifelong family friends in Nebraska (Go Big Red!); Mom was the last survivor of this group of adults that we have loved for all of our lives.
Mom lived over a decade after Dad preceded her in death. She was well-loved by the caretakers in the three care facilities where she resided. They knew her kindness and her gift of laughter, too.
Mom will be remembered by her family: daughters Sharon Brown and Cathy Barr (Bruce); granddaughters Megan Roberts (Brandon) and Brittany VanMaele (Ryan); great-granddaughters Kamryn Roberts, Haley VanMaele, and Olivia VanMaele; her brothers Donald Chase (Marilyn; nieces and nephew Kandi Smith, Randy Chase, Angie Chase), Thomas Chase (Sarah; niece and nephews Todd Chase, Valerie Chase, Tim Chase); as well as numerous cousins, including first cousins once removed, David Perry, Ted Perry, Kenny Perry, Ann Perry and Susan Perry.
Memorial contributions in Vera's name may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory at www.carlsonkirbymorris.com
Posted online on August 23, 2021