Mary Brown


HICKSVILLE -- Mary C. Brown, 73, died at her home Friday, January 10, 2014.

Mary was born October 21, 1940, the daughter of the late Francis and Carrie (McFeeters) Boes at Toledo, Ohio. She was a 1958 graduate of Defiance High School. She earned her RN in 1962 upon her graduation from St. Vincent's School of Nursing. Mary dedicated her life to caring for others as a nurse for over 30 years. She worked at Bryan Community Hospital in Bryan, Ohio. She also cared for many people while working for the United States Government Indian Health Service on many Indian reservations.

Mary was active in St. Michael's Parish. She loved country life. She was an avid vegetable and rose gardener, she raised horses and AKC-registered dogs. She loved to sew clothing and create beautiful intricate quilts. Many of her quilts she donated to charities.

Mary was a very devoted mother and grandmother. She is survived by her children, Ed (Deb) Brown of Defiance, Ohio, Paul Brown of Columbus, Ohio, Linda Ballew of South Portland, Massachusetts, Leah (Jeff) Charette of Duluth, Georgia, Angie (Paul) Kaegi of Toledo, Ohio, Polly Sholl of Likely, California and Barney (Christine) Brown of Edgerton, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She also has four siblings, John (Marsha) Boes of Sherwood, Ohio, Suzanne (Larry) Greenler of Defiance, Ohio, Laurence (Sue) Boes of New York and Jerry Boes of Woodburn, Ohio.

A brother, Charles Boes, preceded her in death.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Michael's Catholic Church on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Visitation will be at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, with a rosary at 7 p.m. Burial will be in St. Isadore's Cemetery, the Bend.

Memorials may be made to Smith & Brown Funeral Home in memory of Mary. Online condolences may be shared at

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