Betty B. Brown, 81, homemaker and volunteer

February 22, 2006

Betty B. Brown, a homemaker who helped run Baltimore's annual Holly Tour, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Thursday at Harbor Hospital. The Linthicum resident was 81.

Born Betty Jane Brown in Maryville, Tenn., and raised in Chattanooga, she earned a chemistry degree from what is now the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and was a member of Phi Mu sorority.

While working at a chemical company associated with the atomic energy project at Oak Ridge, she met her future husband, Harry B. Brown Jr.. In 1953, they moved to Linthicum, where Mr. Brown, an electrical engineer, worked for Westinghouse. He died in 1998.

Mrs. Brown was a member of First Presbyterian Church, now First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, and served on the board of the old Presbyterian Eye, Ear, Nose & and Throat Hospital.

She was co-chairwoman of the 1978, 1979 and 1980 Holly Tours of historic Mount Vernon area homes. A Republican, she was a precinct polling judge for the Anne Arundel County elections board for many years. She was also an active member of the Linthicum Woman's Club.

Family members said she enjoyed travel and visited 50 state capitals. She initially camped in a tent in national parks and later used a camper van. She also played bridge and Scrabble.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First and Franklin, 210 W. Madison St., where she was an elder.

Survivors include two sons; Charles D. Brown and Scott Y. Brown, both of Linthicum; two daughters, Sidney Eveleth of State College, Pa., and Roberta Brown of Chiba, Japan; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

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