Jean Pettes Brown, 77, of Linton, passed away at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital (St. Vincent's Hospital) in Carmel.
Born Oct. 22, 1928 in Orlando, Fla., she was the daughter of Herbert Benjamin Pettes and Beatrice Edna (Lerch) Pettes.
She grew up in Canterbury, N.H., then Pennacook, N.H., and attended the University of New Hampshire, where she received her bachelor's in home economics education. She taught high school and junior high home economics in Columbia, S.C. for approximately 10 years and then high school economics in Keene, N.H. for about 8 years. She later moved to Virginia Beach, Va., where she opened a candy/lampshade store. When she moved to Linton, she retired from working and pursued her hobbies. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, the Women of the ELCA study group, the Red Hat Society, the Holy Comforters quilting group, the Elite Study Club, The Margaret Cooper Library Book Club, the Linton Friends of the Library, the Tai Chi group at Saron, the Helping Hearts Walking Group and helped form the Red Cross Warm Up America group to knit afghans for local disaster victims.
Survivors include: her daughter Shelley and her husband Tom Williams of Linton; five grandchildren, Brad Dolak, Melissa Dolak, Andy Brown, Troy Brown, and Scott Brown; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Barbara Nowacki of Massachusetts, Carolyn Wheeler of Vermont, Marilu Haggett of Florida, and Nancy Johnson of Virginia; and 23 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Rick Brown, and her sisters Betty Thomas and Marjorie Murray.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Saron United Church of Christ on Aug.19. There will be no visitation.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Linton Margaret Cooper Public Library Building Fund.
Chandler Funeral Home Ellettsville Chapel is in charge of arrangements.