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 Catherine <I>Vandeventer</I> Brown

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Catherine Vandeventer Brown

  • Birth 10 Feb 1920
  • Death 10 Feb 2013
  • Burial Laurel County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 105300798


Catherine Brown was born on February 10, 1920 in London, Kentucky being one of ten children. She went to heaven on her birthday, Sunday, February 10, 2013. She had been a Christian for 79 years and was a member of the Old Salem Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the House-Rawlings Funeral Home with Rev. Craig Morgan, Rev. Donald Tackett, and Rev. Curtis Wagers officiating. The family of Catherine Brown will receive friends after 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at House-Rawlings Funeral Home.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ruthie Chesnut and Isaac Thomas Vandeventer, and 2 grandsons, Darren Brown and Daniel Westerfield. She is, also, preceded in death by 8 brothers and sisters, Janie Warren, Anna Proffitt, Steve Vandeventer, Laura Dunn, Mary Black, George Vandy, Maymie Scott, and Roy Vandeventer. She leaves one surviving brother, Ray Vandeventer.

She is, also, survived by her husband, Russell Brown, and five children:

James Edward Brown, and special friend, Brenda Meece, of Science Hill, KY; Lois Jean & Curtis Wagers; Russell Lee & Patty Brown; Gayetta & Dempsy Westerfield; and Eldon & Tammy Brown all of London, KY.

She leaves 8 living grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, 3 step great-grandchildren, and 1 step great-great grandson, and many relatives and friends to rejoice in her homegoing.

Catherine married Russell on September 12, 1946 after Russell returned from World War II. Catherine was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and caring grandmother.

She was a homemaker and had worked as a teacher's aid and substitute cook for the Laurel County Board of Education.

She was very skilled in sewing, quilting, and embroidery. Catherine and her sisters had quilted for people in 48 states by the time she was married.

Catherine loved to sing. She attended singing schools in her community where she learned to read music. She learned to play the pump organ as a young girl and continued to play the keyboard and piano until her last few months. She learned to play the guitar while working in Indianapolis during World War II and sang in the Cadle Tabernacle Choir which had widely- known radio broadcasts.

Her family and many friends will remember her as a kind and meek person who was always concerned about others. She visited the sick and ministered to the bereaved by taking food and helping them with chores. Catherine could have been called the "greeting card lady" as she sent hundreds of birthday, anniversary, and get-well cards during her life. She treasured and kept all the cards and letters she had received throughout her life.

She loved gardening and raising flowers. Watching squirrels and birds brought her much pleasure in being close to God's creation. She enjoyed the redbud and dogwood in the spring and was always ready to go for a ride to see the spring blooms or colorful fall foilage.

Catherine read the Bible daily for many years. She read her Sunday School lesson even when she knew she could not attend Sunday School. Her favorite Bible verse was: "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold." Proverbs 22:1.

Her wish for us is that we prepare to meet her in heaven.

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  • Created by: Debi Houser
  • Added: 16 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 105300798
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Catherine Vandeventer Brown (10 Feb 1920–10 Feb 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 105300798, citing Chestnut Cemetery, Laurel County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Debi Houser (contributor 47256380) .