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“Eden- I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I met you mom when I did my student teaching at Hyde Park Elementary back in the 70's. She was a great...Read More »
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“Richard and John and family: We send you our love and condolence as we all will miss your mother. She was always so gracious and kind. I was always...Read More »
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“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. As we also live on East Market St. Mrs Brown (as we called her) was our neighbor. We will miss...Read More »
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“Dear Richard and John There is so little anyone can do or say to ease the loss you are feelng,I hope you can gain comfort in knowing your mother was...Read More »
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“Rich and John, From my latest memories, your mom was always a strong, supportive, caring person. I was fortunate enough to experience this first...Read More »
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Marilyn L. Brown, 81, a resident of Hyde Park since 1961 died on Saturday, February 18th, 2006 at Vassar Bros. Medical Center.
She was born in Elmira, NY, the daughter of Dudley W. Leavitt and Hester Leavitt Dyckman. Upon graduating from Elmira College in 1945, Mrs. Brown worked at Time, Inc. in the International News Bureau. Later she taught school in Plainfield, NJ and was a substitute teacher at Hyde Park Elementary School for many years. From 1986-89 she served as executive director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at ValKill in Hyde Park, which sponsored Children of War, Eleanor Roosevelt and the Arts, and other significant programs during her tenure.
Volunteer work and involvement in community activities were an integral part of her life. Mrs. Brown had been a member of the board of the Hyde Park Visual Environment Committee, a president of the board of the former Family Counseling Service of Dutchess County, and a member of the Junior Leagues of Bethlehem, PA and Poughkeepsie. She worked with the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, as well as various political campaigns. She was also a member of the Poughkeepsie Garden Club and a former member of the Poughkeepsie Tennis Club.
For over 40 years Mrs. Brown was an active member of the congregation of St. James Episcopal Church in Hyde Park and at various times served as a vestryman, senior warden and sacristan. In 2005 she received the St. James Medal which recognized her outstanding service to God through her work at St. James.
In 1961 she married Shellman Handy Brown who predeceased her in 2003. Together they were members of the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club and sailed extensively on their boat Long Reach to Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
She is survived by five children: Michael Shellman Brown, of New York City; Davien Buckner Gould, of Falmouth, MA; Eden Brown (Thomas), of Arlington, VA; Maj. Richard Handy Brown of the United States Air Force, of Huntingdon, England; and John Ludlow Brown, of Riverdale, NY She is also survived by her sister, Mrs. Ann D. Dolbeer, of Ridge, NY, and thirteen grandchildren.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. James Episcopal Church on Monday, February 27th at 10am. Interment will follow in the St. James Church meditation garden that was created by Mrs. Brown and other parishioners.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. James Discretionary Fund, St. James Episcopal Church, 4526 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, NY 12538, or, the American Lung Association, 3 Winners Circle, Suite 300, Albany, NY 12205-1187.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sweets Funeral Home, Inc., Hyde Park. For directions or to send her family a condolence, please visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com

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