FORT WORTH — Alma Lillian Brown passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at the age of 79.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Saturday in Brown, Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel with Dr. Bill Ramsey officiating. Interment: Alma will be laid to rest in a private service next to her beloved husband of 51 years, Joe B. Brown, in Perrin Cemetery with Dr. J.H. Ramsey Jr. officiating.
Alma was born May 21, 1933, to the late Frank and Vada Woodell in Estelline. She attended Mineral Wells High School, where she met and fell in love with Joe who was the love of her life. He was the captain of the football team and she was a majorette. Alma and Joe were married June 21, 1949, and began their journey of life in Mineral Wells. Alma began her working career with First Baptist Church of Mineral Wells, The Baker Hotel and Ed Lee’s Chevrolet Dealer of Mineral Wells. Alma and Joe moved to Fort Worth in 1956 and Alma became a bookkeeper for Bill McDavid Pontiac where she worked for many years. Alma was given the position of office manager for David McDavid Auto Dealership in Weatherford. On May 3, 1974, Joe and Alma purchased their first family-owned funeral home, Meissner-Brown in the Polytechnic area. In 1988 Joe and Alma were able to expand their business with the acquisition of the oldest funeral home in Fort Worth, Gause-Ware Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.
Alma was a member of The Woman’s Club, Ladies of El Texa Grotto, Ladies Oriental Shrine-Nyanca Court #34 where she was high priestess from 1995 to 1996, South Side Lady Lions Club, Celebrity Chapter, American Business Women’s Association, Ridglea Chapter #999, Order of Eastern Star and Ladies Without Shriners.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the doctors, nurses and specialists that compassionately cared for Alma during her time of need.
Survivors: Daughter, Martha Jo LaFerney and husband, Ron, of Richardson; son, Monte Joe Brown and wife, Christine, of Keller; grandson, Carl LaFerney; grandson, Jacob Brown; granddaughter, Tori Brown; sister, Eva Liles; sister, Helen Todd and husband, Marvin; brother-in-law, Mack Brown and wife, Merla; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Brown, Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home & Crematory
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