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Jean L. Brown

February 25, 1940 — October 8, 2023

Jean L. Brown

Jean LaVerne Brown entered this world on February 25, 1940, in Pontiac, MI and peacefully departed to be with our Lord and Savior on October 8, 2023. She leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories.

Jean is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Robert; her daughter, Renee; her son, Chris (Belinda) and grandsons, Jeffrey and Matthew. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Naom Roy, and her beloved granddaughter, Sarah.  Jean treasured her extended family and friends.

Jean's presence in the lives of her family and friends was truly cherished. She possessed an extraordinary capacity for kindness, radiated warmth, carried herself with a gentle demeanor, and her smile was a source of boundless comfort.

Professionally, Jean found fulfillment in various roles, but her heart found its home during her many years at the Otsego County Library, where she excelled and touched the lives of countless individuals with her unwavering dedication.

Jean was a multifaceted talent in the arts. She was an adept writer, a gifted photographer, and played several instruments including the piano, accordion, and harmonica.  She possessed a beautiful singing voice and even as she advanced in age, she sang with perfect pitch.

Beyond her artistic talents, Jean possessed an innate love for all living beings. Every year, her green thumb transformed her garden into a bountiful landscape. Jean had a great love for animals and always had at least one cherished pet at any given time during her lifetime. For a number of years, she also raised farm animals, which she lovingly referred to as the "funny farm."

Jean's leadership and commitment to her community shone through her involvement in numerous organizations and programs. She took pride in organizing and leading the local Alpine Master Gardeners Association, and her dedication extended to her roles as a longstanding member and leader within the American Business Women's Association. Jean was also an active participant in many of the Gaylord First United Methodist Church's initiatives, where she put her compassion and generosity into action.

In addition to her many roles, Jean was an avid reader with an insatiable appetite for knowledge, and she shared her passion for learning as a dedicated Girl Scout leader.

Jean's life was a testament to her boundless love, unwavering commitment to community, and her remarkable talents. She will be deeply missed, but her memory will forever remain in the hearts of those who were privileged to know and love her.

Visitation will take place 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Monday, October 16, 2023 at Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service. A graveside service will take place 12:00 PM at Fairview Cemetery in Gaylord.

A Celebration of Life service will take place 11:00 AM Saturday, October 21, 2023, at the First United Methodist Church where the family will visit with friends beginning at 10:00 AM.  All are welcome to attend and pay their respects.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Otsego County Library, https://give.otsegofoundation.org/Library , an organization close to Jean's heart.

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Past Services

Visitation

Saturday, October 21, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church

215 S Center Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church

215 S Center Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735

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