She was born Nov. 6, 1927 in Keo, Ark. to Nick Brown and Bridgie Hilliard Brown. She graduated from Edcouch-Elsa High School, class of 1944.
Survivors include her daughter, Janet (Edward) Monson of Kenedy; her son, Ward (Patsy) Merriman of Denton; her sisters, Ruby Ricketson, Barbara (Art) Smith, Kathryn (Richard) Power and Chrystine (John) Kelly and her brothers, Virgil (Bonnie) Brown and Jerry Brown; seven grandchildren, Andrea Bell, Clint Maddox, Katie Hutcherson, Brad Merriman, Jason Maddox, Kevin Austin, Misti Janese; 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Nick Brown and Bridgie Hilliard Brown; her daughter, Jo Ann Merriman; her son, Weldon Ray Merriman; her brother, Gerald Brown and her sister, Irene Fuller.
Visitation was held Friday, July 19 from 5–7 p.m. in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 20 at 1 p.m., in the Eckols Chapel with interment following in the Elim Cemetery, Elim.
Serving as pallbearers were Clint Maddox, Jason Maddox, Brad Merriman, Greg Bell, Mark Janese, Alan Ricketson, Joe Jones and Ernest Torre.