Obituary of Alice May Brown
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital on Thursday, March 10, 2022, Alice May Brown of London in her 91st year. Beloved wife for 57 years of the late Mac Brown (2010). Loving mother of Bill and Chris Brown of London, Patricia Jones of Southwold, Cathy and Dave Elliott of Melbourne, Carol and Al Green of Pembroke, Denise and Jeff Thomas of Mt. Brydges, Virginia and Dave Myles of Belmont and Rob and Carla Brown of London. Proud grandma of 21 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.
Alice not only loved life, but she also loved to live her life to the fullest. Seldom would you find her laying around aimlessly, she was always on the go. Well okay, you might find her worshipping the sun as she did. Soaking up the rays to where she sizzled to the burning point occasionally. But even this wasn’t aimless as she was able to relax with a good book or visit with something even more important, her friends. In her younger years, this was often in Port Stanley. There was nothing more important in Alice’s life than family. The loss of her beloved husband Mac in 2010, after 57 years of marriage was earth-shattering to say the least. It was devastating as you seldom saw one without the other. The “trooper” Alice was, allowed her to stay on the farm she and Mac loved until her health forced her to leave. Working in the accounting office at the old London Gardens for over 20 years was a true highlight of Alice’s life. She was way more than a “numbers girl” as she found herself encouraging and inspiring many future NHL hockey players by lending an ear and being a mother figure, always going over and above. Let’s not overlook the number of friends she made as a staple of the London Gardens.
Mom and Dad’s door was always open to anyone in need of a meal or a bed andt hrough this, many lifelong friendships wer made. If you noticed someone dressed inappropriately, it wasn’t Alice as she took a great deal of pride in her appearance. She always looked terrific! Church community was also a very valuable part of Alice’s life and as her faith grew, so did her friendships. In the early years mom and dad loved to dance the night away with all their friends. In the spring, tapping of the maples for maple syrup was a favourite school trip for St. Dominic’s school and the Regina Mundi boy’s college. Alice was renowned for her short bread cookies and butter tarts. I’m not sure which contained more butter. Alice shared her hard work and baking talents with many friends involved in her life. If you didn’t experience and I mean experience Alice’s short bread cookies, you haven’t lived!
Being the sun worshiper as Mom was, you could always find her on her riding lawn mowers on the farm. Many family picnics / reunions we hosted by mom and dad on the farm for the Brown clan. You may have noticed a common denominator in this bit of a history of Alice’s life was the word, friends. Family meant everything to Alice, but her many, many friends were a close second.
The final thought at can’t be overlooked was Alice’s infectious laugh. She loved a good story or joke, and I can hear her laugh echo in my head as I type.
Friends may visit at the McFarlane & Roberts Funeral Home, 2240 Wharncliffe Road South, Lambeth (519) 652-2020 on Wednesday, from 3 – 7 p.m. The celebration of Alice’s life will be held at St. Justin’s Parish, 855 Jalna Blvd., London, ON, Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Dan Vere celebrating. Private family interment White Oak Cemetery. Donations to Alzheimer’s Society Southwest Middlesex Office, 435 Windermere Road, London, ON N5X 2T1 gratefully acknowledged. On-line condolences are available through www.mcfarlane-roberts.caTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Alice Brown, please visit Tribute Store