Eleanor “Mickey” <I>McLeron</I> Brown

Eleanor “Mickey” McLeron Brown

Death 19 Feb 2012 (aged 89)
Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 120416245 · View Source
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Eleanor McLeron "Mickey" Brown, 89, passed away on February 19, 2012. She was born in Tampico, Mexico on November 3, 1922 to George Justice and Marjorie Armstrong McLeron. She is survived by her children; Robert, George, Ellie and Ann; grandchildren Spencer, Sydney, Callum and Marjorie. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Robert Storey Brown. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church in Victoria, Texas with Rev. Kathryn Morton, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Christ's Kitchen in Victoria. Arrangements with Grace Funeral Home

Published in Express-News on Feb. 24, 2012

WASP Eleanor "Mickey" McLernon Brown, 44-W-9

Eleanor McLernon "Mickey" Brown was a woman of many talents. She was a service pilot, model, quilter and political activist. Brown died Feb. 19, 2012.

To George Brown - she was Mom. Mickey Brown kept extensive notes from magazines, publications and travel logs during her life journey of 89 years.

The black-and-white text couldn't capture it all. Now, Eleanor Brown's second oldest child will miss the quality time.

"I'm going to miss her stories," George Brown said.

The mother of four was born Nov. 3, 1922, in Tampico, Mexico. Her family later moved to San Antonio.

The former Eleanor McLernon put herself through flight training. Her son said she had to have a license before entering the military. She joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots or WASP.

Also, the grandmother of four never paid attention to "barriers" and defied the odds. She was one of 1,074 to be accepted into the WASP program and who passed the training. Close to 25,000 women applied initially. The group of women flew aircraft during World War II.

George Brown said not everyone was receptive to women flying planes.
"Some people didn't think they could do it even though they could," he said.

The WASP group was disbanded in December 1944. Instead of scrambling to find a ride home from Florida, Mickey Brown flew to San Antonio.

Later, the aviation enthusiast became the first woman mechanic at Kelly Air Force Base.

At the University of Texas, Mickey met Robert Storey Brown. The two were happily married for 60 years.

George, their 56-year-old son, said the family explored the country for month-long trips in the summer.

Growing up, George Brown said his mother demonstrated to him that a woman could handle any task a man could.

More than a half a century later after her military service, Mickey Brown received a Congressional Gold Medal in 2010.

George Brown and other family members were by her side when she received the revered medal.
"The experience was thrilling and long overdue," he said.

Some of Mickey Brown's activities included volunteering at Christ's Kitchen and Habitat for Humanity.

She also served as a WASP representative in the Midwestern district. Brown worked with younger generations as a 4-H teacher and Cub Scouts Den Mother.

Mickey Brown's active lifestyle and love for flying never died. When she was 86 years old, she took her last flight in an AT-6 plane.

"It was like riding a bicycle. She never forgot," said George Brown.

Ernestine Kidder worked with Mickey Brown in Women's Circle group at First Presbyterian Church. Kidder described her former church member as an active, dependable and biblical woman.

"She was central to our church work," Kidder said.

Mickey Brown volunteered in the church kitchen and outside in the garden. Helping others was automatic for Brown. Kidder described Brown as an unsung hero.

"She is a legend that has passed and left her mark," Kidder said.

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  • Created by: Bill and Denise
  • Added: 16 Nov 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 120416245
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eleanor “Mickey” McLeron Brown (3 Nov 1922–19 Feb 2012), Find a Grave Memorial no. 120416245, citing Confederate Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Bill and Denise (contributor 47831334) .