Jessie E. Brown, 91, formerly of North Scituate, R.I. and Northborough


Obit Jessie BrownMilford – Jessie E. Brown, 91, formerly of North Scituate, R.I. and Northborough, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 at Whitcomb House Assisted Living in Milford, where she had been a resident for four years.

Jessie was born in Providence, R.I. on April 12, 1924, one of five children of Robert M. and Elizabeth A. Baillie. She attended Central High School and then began her secretarial career at the law firm of Edwards & Angell.

In 1948 she married Charles Brown, Jr. and they had three children, and soon after built a house in North Scituate, where they moved in 1954.

Jessie eventually returned to work, first at Taco, Inc. of Cranston and then at the Gorham Silver Co. in Providence; however, in October 1963, she was appointed as the secretary to the Superintendent of Schools in Scituate.  After serving in that position for many years, she transferred to the Guidance Department at Scituate Junior-Senior High School, the position from which she retired in May 1996, after having worked for over 30 years in the school department.

She and her husband Charlie had moved to Foster, R.I., but he died suddenly in September 1992.  After her retirement, Jessie moved to Birchwood, an over-55 community in Northborough, where she lived for 16 years and then moved to Whitcomb House Assisted Living in Milford, where she died peacefully four years later.

Jessie was a very talented crafter and had many skills in that area, including the making of numerous dolls, from start to finish, over the years. She also had a sharp wit and excellent sense of humor, but her always-present love was of animals.  From early on after the family moved to N. Scituate, there was always a dog or two in the household, very often strays who needed someone to care for them, and that continued until she moved to Milford.

She is survived by daughters Susan Thompson and her husband Roger of England and Jamie Thomas of Tacoma. Her only son, Steven Brown of Upton, died less than three months after her passing April 9, 2016. Also surviving her are her much-loved daughter-in-law, Joan Brown, and her children, Christine and Michael, and her former, son-in-law, Richard Burke of Waltham.

A service of interment of ashes will be held in July at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Johnston, R.I., when some of Steven’s ashes will also be buried.

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