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Ethel Berniece Brown
(February 1, 1924 - July 13, 2012)

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Ethel Berniece Brown

Ethel Berniece (Sullivan) Brown, Pittsburg, Kansas, died at home July 13, 2012. Born in Pittsburg February 1, 1924 to Patrick and Edith Mary (Galusha) Sullivan, she married James N. Brown May 16, 1946 at Our Lady of Lourdes church, Pittsburg, Kansas. He died September 20, 1983. She was preceded in death by her parents (1951, 1929), daughter Rebecca (1954); great-granddaughter Gianna Schmidt (2007); siblings Raymond Patrick (1913), infant brother (1929), John William (1941), Joseph Robert (1994), Anna Katherine Bitner (1996), Florence Marie White (1998), Frances Mary Bezinque (2001), and Nellie Margaret Roberts (2008). Ethel graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1941. She was proud that her class selected the panther as mascot, the blue and white colors, and donated the statue of Mary that still stands in the high school commons area. After graduation, she worked as a Southwestern Bell switchboard operator in Pittsburg. Later in 1941, she moved to Kansas City, Missouri where she worked as a Montgomery Ward Order Department filing clerk, and from 1942-1946, she worked as a Midwest Dental Laboratory technician. During World War II, she served as a Red Cross Volunteer Nurses' Aide at Mt. Carmel Hospital, Pittsburg, and at St. Mary's Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri. Ethel was a floral designer for Toy Town in Pittsburg from 1973-1975. She operated the St. Mary's Religious Goods shop from her home in the 1980s. She volunteered as a cook at the St. Pius X Newman Center at Pittsburg State University from 2000-2008. Memberships included Our Lady of Lourdes Church, St. Mary's Altar Society, Daughters of Isabella, Council of Catholic Women, and Bible Study Group. She and her husband participated in a bowling league. They also served as co-vice-presidents and co-presidents of St. Mary's Home and School Association. Ethel and her husband always said that their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were their greatest blessing. She is survived by children Kathleen Brown-Cecora and husband Reno - Pittsburg; Theresa Hubbard - Lenexa; Elizabeth Stine - Kansas City, Missouri; Elaine Hogue and husband Scott - Pittsburg; Jimmy Brown - Tulsa, Oklahoma; Leo Brown - Kansas City, Missouri. Surviving grandchildren are Roger, Edward, Karen (Whetzell), Douglas, and Deborah Lomshek; Jennifer (Schmidt), David, and Ryan Hubbard; Robert, Melissa (Bruley), and Stephanie (Doupe) Stine; Rebecca (Duncan), Margaret, and Nicholas Hogue; Mikelynn Reed; Jessica Brown. Surviving great-grandchildren are Michael and Ethan Lomshek; Matthew, Andrew, and Joseph Lomshek; Samantha, Nicholas, Audrey, and Zachary Whetzell; Erin and Keith Lomshek; Jacob and John Paul Schmidt; Christian Hubbard; Michael Quaas; Summer and Carlie Doupe; Quentin Close; Carter, Ava, and Kassidy Duncan. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday (July 23) at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Baldwin as celebrant. Burial will follow in the Highland Park Cemetery. A parish rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. Sunday (July 22) at the Brenner Mortuary, where the family will receive friends following the rosary until 6:00 p.m. Donations may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Fund or the Alzheimer's Association in lieu of flowers. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may leave condolences online at Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.


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