March 19, 1923 - November 14, 2021
Obituary of Josephine Brown
Josephine C. Brown went to be with Our Lord on Sunday, November 14, 2021 following a brief illness. Josephine (Jo), aged 98 years, was born on March 19th, 1923 in Washington County, Kansas as the 3rd of eight children to John and Rose Sedlacek.
Raised on a Kansas farm, Jo married “the love of my life”, Francis L. Brown, on June 19, 1946. They were married for 53 years and together reared 5 children. Following the death of Francis (1999), Jo met George Peeples at church. The two married in 2002 and remained married until his passing in 2016.
Jo’s children will attest she was a lifelong teacher. She first taught in a one-room rural school, then various Catholic parochial schools in Minnesota and Texas. She graduated from Texas Women’s University, earning her Texas teaching certification. Jo retired from the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD following 16 years of dedicated service to her community. She was very proud that all three of her granddaughters are current teachers. “It skipped a generation”, she would laugh.
In retirement, Jo loved time with family and friends. She also enjoyed travels to The Holy Lands, Rome, Europe, Hawaii and other destinations. Until her age slowed her she was active as a docent for the Farmers Branch Historical Park, a volunteer delivering meals to elderly shut-ins and a member of the Catholic Daughters at her church. Jo loved The Church, and she prayed the rosary daily.
Jo is survived by her children, son Michael F. Brown and wife Susan, son Ronald G. Brown and wife Syble, daughter Carole J. Coffman, son Timothy P. Brown and wife Debbie, and daughter Susan M. Reynolds and husband Joe. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Three of her eight siblings are also living.
A viewing for immediate family will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 Wednesday evening, November 17, 2021 at North Dallas Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said on Thursday, November 18, 2021 beginning at 10:00 AM at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Farmers Branch, Texas. A private interment will follow at Calvary Hill.
For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.
If I go on living in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. And I do not know which I shall choose.
I am caught between the two. I long to depart this life and be with Christ, [for] that is far better.