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STONY POINT, NY: Mary Elliot Brown, 95, formerly of Andover, Mass. and Hill, N.H., died peacefully at home in Stony Point, N.Y., on March 12, 2016. She was born on November 8, 1920 to Grace Cadman and Gordon Baylies Elliot.

At a young age, her family moved to Andover, where she graduated from Abbot Academy in 1938. She attended Oberlin College and Katherine Gibbs School in Boston.

In 1943, she married the late John Crichton Brown, who maintained a dental practice in Winchester and in Andover, where they resided for over 40 years. In 1983, they retired to their farm in Hill, N.H.

An avid naturalist and swimmer, she served with local garden clubs, libraries, historical societies, old cemeteries, and preservation organizations, as well as the Andover Village Improvement Society, and the Boston office of the ACLU of MA. She also enjoyed choral singing, bird watching, hosting international students, cooking and family. Over her lifetime she was an active member of several churches.

Mary is survived by her three daughters who were with her in her final hours, Margaret Coakley, (John), of Highland Park, N.J., Helen Brown of Essex, Mass. and Jane Brown (Frank Simeone) of Stony Point, N.Y.; also her brother, Gordon Baylies Elliot of W. Newton; her sister, Nancy Elliot Stewart of Pennington, N.J.; six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; and five great-grandchildren.

She leaves many friends and admirers, field notes of Phoebes nesting at her back door, and a fine patch of asparagus.
Published on  March 24, 2016
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