Ruby Opal Brown, 87, Montgomery Ward worker

April 25, 2003

Ruby Opal Brown, a retired Montgomery Ward employee who collected porcelain frogs, died from complications of a stroke Tuesday at Northwest Hospital Center. She was 87.

She was born and reared Ruby McCutcheon in Charleston, W.Va., where she also graduated from high school.

She worked for Libby-Owens-Ford Glass Co. in Kanahwa, W.Va., before moving to Baltimore in 1941. She was a brewery worker before she joined Montgomery Ward in 1947 as a clerk at its Monroe Street retail and mail-order facility.

Mrs. Brown rose through the ranks and at the time of her 1972 retirement, was a merchandising control specialist in the store's lingerie department.

A longtime Pikesville resident, Mrs. Brown was a member of the old Ames United Methodist Church and the church's Women's Society.

She enjoyed traveling and visited Ireland, Canada and the Grand Canyon.

She also was an enthusiastic collector of porcelain frogs, which she displayed in her home.

Mrs. Brown's marriage to William D. Harkins ended in divorce. In 1947, she married Orion Brown, who died in 1982. She remarried her first husband in 1990. He died last month.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Loring Byers Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road.

Mrs. Brown is survived by two daughters, Barbara Yowell of Redding, Calif., and E. Sue Turnbaugh of Reisterstown; two brothers, Albert R. McCutcheon Jr. of South Charleston, W.Va., and Charles E. McCutcheon of Charleston, W.Va.; three sisters, Wanda Miller of Cross Lane, W.Va., and Ellen Miller and Betty Fisher, both of Dunbar, W.Va.; seven grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

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