|Birth: ||Apr. 8, 1915|
|Death: ||Jan. 6, 2009|
Ruomi (Lewis) Brown of Austin, Texas, and a former longtime resident of Brookfield, Ohio, died January 6, 2009, at Heartland Nursing Facility, in Austin, following a long battle with lung disease. She was 93.
Ruomi was the devoted wife of Edwin Earl Brown, Major, U.S. Army (retired), veteran of World War II and Korea, who died Oct. 5, 1985, in Sharon, PA.
Ruomi was born April 8, 1915, in New Orleans, LA, to Mary Elizabeth (McCollum) and John Edward Lewis II. Both Mary Elizabeth and John were Christian evangelists and pastors. While growing up in Louisiana and Texas, Ruomi attended public schools. She studied teaching at Greenville College, in Greenville, Ill., where she was a member of the Gospel League Volunteers. After college, she returned home to live with her parents in Louisiana, where she received her teacher's certificate and began a career teaching grade school and kindergarten students.
Ruomi met Ed Brown while he was on Army maneuvers near Zimmerman Camp, LA, when he arrived at the Lewis home in need of drinking water. The couple began corresponding and fell in love. They were married on Dec. 27, 1940, in New Orleans. A devoted Army wife, Ruomi remained steadfast throughout Ed's service in World War II and the Korean War. She relocated her family many times, setting up house in Richland, MO, Louisville, KY, New Orleans, Daytona Beach, FL, Columbus, GA, Columbia, SC, Louisville, KY, Salt Lake City, UT, and Tacoma, WA. After Ed's retirement from the Army, the Brown family headed to Miami, FL. After 13 years they moved to Brookfield, OH for a business venture.
Ruomi remained in Brookfield after Ed's death, moving to Austin, TX in 2004 to reside with her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Barbara Brown. Ruomi was a devout Christian, and throughout her life was an active member of her church. She taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school, facilitated a bereavement support group, organized funeral dinners, served as an officer, and was a member of the choir. Ruomi was gentle, generous and kind. With a joyful spirit, she could often be heard humming or singing songs of praise. She enjoyed reading and studying her Bible and spreading the Gospel. She also enjoyed playing the piano, baking pies and cookies, preparing family meals, and gardening. Her greatest success in life was in being a dedicated wife, and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Ruomi was loved and will be dearly missed by her four children, John Michael Brown and his wife Barbara of Austin, Texas, Betty S. Roland (Paul Davis) of Warren, OH, David E. Brown, of Murfreesboro, TN, and Stephen D. Brown and his wife Jacqueline L. (Harris), of Chalfont, PA. She was the beloved grandmother of Edwin C. Brown (Kristine), Ruth Ann (Brown) Weems (Rebel), Stephanie Smith, (Doug) Robert Brown, and Barbara Lynn Patina (Jeff), all of Austin, Regina L. (Brown) Madden (Joseph) of Winchester, TN, Michelle Roland of Dillsburg, PA, and Jennifer (Roland) Darney (Colin), also of Dillsburg, Stephen J. Brown (Sarah) of West Chester, PA, and Karina L. Brown (James Schaefer) of Frenchtown, NJ. She was the great-grandmother of 27, and great-great-grandmother of seven. Ruomi is survived by her brother, James H. Lewis of Louisiana, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Adrian Lewis, John E. "Jack" Lewis III, and Calvin J. Lewis; her sisters, Della M. (Green) Thomas and Ethel (Green) Eiermann; grandson, Douglas J. Brown (1974-1994), and great-granddaughter, Carolyn Marie Brown (1988-1992).
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on January 10, 2009, at Hill Country Bible Church, 12124 N. FM 620, Austin, TX. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ruomi L. Brown's name may be made to any charitable cause.
Published Austin American-Statesman on January 8, 2009
Edwin Earl Brown (1914 - 1985)
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 18, Site 1041-1
Created by: svanwyk
Record added: Jan 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46380164