Mary Brown

Mary Jane Brown (Ray)

Saturday May 23, 1942 - Tuesday October 15, 2019
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Marlow: Mary Jane Brown, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in Marlow, at the age of 77.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, October 18, 2019, at the First Baptist Church East Lawton, with Rev. Doug Passmore officiating. Burial will follow in the Letitia Cemetery under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral and Cremation Services in Marlow.

Mary was born Saturday, May 23, 1942 in Comanche, to James Taylor and Lois Audrey (Roach) Ray. She attended school at Geronimo and graduated from Central High School. Mary earned a bachelor's degree from East Central University and worked as a pre-school teacher at Delta Head Start for many years. Mary married the love of her life, Elmer "Lee" Brown on June 12, 1960 at the Letitia Baptist Church; they were married for 59 wonderful years before her passing. Mary enjoyed reading and gardening. She was passionate about her work for the Lord as a Chaplin with the Baptist Disaster Relief. Mary loved spending time with her family. She was a member of the First Baptist Church East in Lawton.

Survivors include, her husband, Elmer "Lee" Brown of the home, a son, Kurt Brown and wife Stephanie of Marlow, a daughter, Janet Knapp and husband Darrell of Duncan, 5 grandchildren, Jonathon Knapp and wife Dana, Jennifer Killmer and husband Chris, Jeromy Knapp and wife Taylor, Joshua Brown, James Brown, 5 great-grandchildren, Aubrey Knapp, Alison Knapp, Amery Knapp, Vivian Killmer, and Karsten Killmer. She is also survived by a brother, Bill Ray and wife Sarah of Waurika, 3 uncles, Alonzo Roach, Jack Roach and wife Beverly, John Roach and wife Cora of Fletcher, an aunt, Lenora Dowlen, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, aunts, and uncles.

Pallbearers will be: grandsons and nephews.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday October 17, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday October 17, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home
    415 W. Main, PO Box 349
    Marlow, OK 73055
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  • Service

    Friday October 18, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday October 18, 2019 2:00pm
    First Baptist Church East Lawton
    3302 SE Lee Blvd
    Lawton, OK 73501
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    Rev. Doug Passmore
  • Interment

    Letitia Cemetery
    Address not given
    Letitia, Oklahoma
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Angela Burk

Posted at 12:54pm
Ms. Mary and I shared many years as "Delta Dolls" as we so rightfully dubbed ourselves. Just as life is a roller coaster, we shared many "rides" both personal and professional, you know those ups and downs that made us stronger, as we prayed each other thru them.. We were proud to be working with such a caring loving group of people. She mentored, taught and led with gentle guidance in everything she did. Most of all she was passionate about Head Start. The impacts she made on children, parents and most of all staff, like myself, can't be counted on one set of fingers and toes. She often told me I was passionate too and understood how much we poured into our work.and why.She worked tirelessly to support and serve.
Most of all I remember the love and dedication she had for her family. Each of you represent what her life was about, her family. Best thing is, you each carry her in your hearts, she molded her family and was very proud of them. All have special memories and precious times to carry you thru the coming days..remember how she lived with love, caring, a gentle spirit and compassion for others. She is with you forever.
PS.. We know most of your names because she spoke of you daily for so long and you lived in her heart..
I also shared for many years with her each year in May birthday celebrations. We were born some years and a few days apart which meant we shared many of those awesome birthday hats and cake. There is no one I would rather share that with Ms. Mary. Since retirement, you have been missed in a physical sense but never in our hearts. You are and will always be a "Delta Doll"..wear your crown in heaven proudly my friend you deserve every jewel. It)

Elaine Shower

Posted at 11:49am
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Shelby Jarrett

Posted at 09:26am
When I started working for Head Start she was my Education Manager. I always remember her saying let them (the kiddos) use their imaginations. I still say that today. You will be missed Mrs Mary❤️

Sharon Horton

Posted at 12:43pm
We will miss you! Mary was a big part of the success of Delta Head Start! She was a very hard worker and cared so much about the children and families of our communities. She went above and beyond to help the staff with her knowledge and expertise. She supported her co-workers time and time again. She had a unique sense of humor and could make us laugh even in stressful times. She was our "Get-R-Done" gal, and sometimes she even enlisted the help of husband! She always had a positive attitude and let us know that we would get through whatever challenges that came our way. She will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with Lee and the rest of the family.

Sharon Horton and her Delta Head Start family

Jack Howard

Posted at 08:38pm
A life well lived. See you later Mary.

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