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Katherine Jones Brown
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Birth: Mar. 14, 1915
Sebastian County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Jun. 7, 2010
Fort Smith
Sebastian County
Arkansas, USA

Katherine Brown, matriarch of the
Jones family, the oldest surviving
member of the family & a longtime
resident of Ft. Smith, passed away
on June 7, 2010 at Peachtree Hospice.
She was born March 14, 1915 in
Huntington, Ark; the third of nine
children born to Albert & Georgia Jones.
She professed her faith in God at an early
age and became a member of Arnett Chapel
A.M.E. Church in Huntington. The only
school for blacks in Huntington at that
time was Phyllis Wheatley Elememtary
School, a two-room school for grades
1 through 8. She graduated from the
eighth grade as valedictorian of her
class. After graduating, she moved to
Ft. Smith & attended Lincoln HIgh School.
In Ft. Smith, she met & married Leroy
Brown Sr. , who preceded her in death.
She was a longtime member of Quinn Chapel
A.M.E. Church, the oldest African
American Church in Ft. Smith. She was
a faithful fundraiser & contributor
there, who sponsored fundraising events
to liquidate the church's mortgage & pay
off the debt on the pipe organ. In
recent years she beame a member of
Mission United Methodist Church.
New challenges unfolded for her during
the late 1940's and early 1950's.
She was elected president of the
Lincoln High School PTA association.
Under her leadership, the PTA successfully
obtained for the school the return of a
football team, a marching band & commercial
education courses. She led fundraising
drives & obtained contributions from
downtown business merchants. Through her
tireleee efforts, the PTA was able to
purchase new uniforms for the band
and many needed items of equipment
and supplies for the school.
She was president of the Rainbow Girl's,
a women's organization founded in 1945
that raised money for the Twin City
Colored Hospita. This ws the only hospital
that admitted blacks during that time due
to segregation. The Rainbow Girls raised
money to provide necessities for the
hospital. The Rainbow Girls raised
money & bought a neon sign with the
hospital's name that could be seen at
night from blocks away by those in need
of care and who were unfamiliar with the
hospital's location.
Mrs. Brown was one of the last two
living members of the women's auxiliary
and was recently honored with a Citizenship
Award on Jan.19, 2010 at the University
of Arkansas at Ft.Smith, sponsored by
the American Democracy Project.
Katherine took pride in being known as an
excellent cook. Duringt her years of
employment, she worked as a housekeeper
and cook at the First United Methodist
Church. She was also employed by Dr. David
McClanahan & family, Dr. Vent Murphy
and family and Mrs. Kay Cravens, who
continued to be an important part of her
life after she retired.
She leaves to mourn her loss, two sons
Leroy Brown Jr. & wife Cynthia of Exton, Pa;
and James Edward Brown & wife Gwendolyn
of Omaha, Neb; two sisters, Gwen Farmer
of Uniontown, Pa., and Juanita Watson
of Detroit, Mich.,four grandchildren,
Nichelle Brown Christian & husband Tracy
of Ft. Smith, Katherine Brown of Tacoma,
Wash., (both of whom are also Katherine's
adopted daughters) LaChelle Brown of
Omaha, Neb., and Dr. Lisa M. Brown Frevert
and husband Dr. Uli Frevert of Princeton,
N.J.; 11 great grandchildren and two
gr-great grandchildren. Her grandson,
Aaron Phillip Christian preceded her in
death. She leaves behind a host of nieces,
nephews and cousins. 
Family links: 
  Leroy Brown (1909 - 1966)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Cemetery
Fort Smith
Sebastian County
Arkansas, USA
Created by: Peggy
Record added: Jun 13, 2010
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Katherine <i>Jones</i> Brown
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Katherine <i>Jones</i> Brown
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Talk with you some more in a better place.
- 4losthistory
 Added: Jul. 20, 2010
You can rest in peace now.Your work here on earth is done.
- Peggy
 Added: Jun. 13, 2010

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