Ann B. Brown, formerly of Newark and Wilmington, Delaware, died on Monday, September 6, 2021 at the home of her daughter in Charlestown, RI, where she had resided since September 2019. The daughter of Robert D. Hatcher and Ida Sutphin Hatcher, Annie Belle Hatcher was born on November 29, 1926 in Merrimac, VA.
Ann was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Vernon H. Brown (November 14, 2012), whom she met and married in Martinsville, VA on March 29, 1946. The couple had lived and enjoyed their wonderful extended family in Delaware, raising their two children in Newark.
She was also predeceased by her siblings: William, Margarite, Robert Jr., Phillip, Grant, Clayborne, Christine and Anita. She is survived by her sister, Naomi Wilson of Claymont, DE.
Ann is also survived by her daughter, Dolores (Brown) Rhodes, son-in-law, William, and grandson, Jesse of RI; her son, John Charles “Jeff” Brown and daughter-in-law, Robin of Baton Rouge, LA; grandson, Christopher Brown and wife, Andrea, and great grandchildren, Eleanor and Culver all of Ashland, VA; and grandson, Nicholas Brown and wife, Kimberly, and great grandchildren, Declan and Piper of Baton Rouge.
In addition, she is survived by her many treasured nieces and nephews: Jay and Jane Brackin and family, Townsend, DE; Carol Ann Taylor and family, Birmingham, AL; Ronald Brabson and family, Wilmington, DE; David and Lynn Brabson and family, Hartland, WI; Debra and Kevin Ackerman, Wilmington, DE; Cindy and Bruce Kleinsmith and family, New Holland, PA; Ken and Kim Wilson, Wilmington, DE; and Carlton, Lynn, Debbie, Christie, Sarah, Lee, Peggy and Phyllis all of North Carolina.
While living in Newark, Ann worked from her home as a self-employed beautician. She participated in many school and civic organizations while raising her children, including Girl Scouts, PTA, and the NHS Athletic Booster Club. For many years, she also enjoyed the Brack-Ex Bridge Club, the Newark Home Demonstration Club, and the U. of D. Gourmet Club. Ann enjoyed sewing and needle work, having produced many pieces valued by her family. She enjoyed gardening and was an excellent cook. She pursued many interests including photography, calligraphy, and computer skills. Her greatest interest was family, all efforts ultimately directed toward them. She was a woman of great beauty and style.
Ann remains loved by family and friends, and will be greatly missed.
Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Thursday, September 16 from 10:00-11:00AM. Funeral services will begin at 11:00AM, followed by interment in New Garden Friends Cemetery, Toughkenamon, PA.
Donations in memory of Ann may be made to South County Home Health, 100 Kenyon Avenue, Wakefield, RI 02879 (www.southcountyhealth.org) or Hope Hospice of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904 (www.hopehealthco.org).
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