The Transylvania Times -

Jean Livingstone Brown


April 18, 2019

Jean Livingstone Brown, 95, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Brevard, passed away peacefully at Unity Point St. Luke's Hospital Monday, April 8, 2019.

She will be remembered at the regularly scheduled 10:45 a.m. worship services, led by Pastor Dennis Morey at Calvin Sinclair Presbyterian Church, in Cedar Rapids, Sunday, April 28, 2019. Friends and family are invited to join in a fellowship luncheon at the church following services. Private inurnment will take place at Wilcox Cemetery, in rural Jones County.

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Born Dec. 29, 1923, in Jones County, Iowa, she was the oldest child of Robert C. Livingstone and Evelyn Sutliff Livingstone. She graduated from Anamosa High School and entered the University of Iowa, where she earned her masters in nursing.

On June 23, 1945, she married her loving husband, Robert Bruce Brown, at the Anamosa Methodist Church. The young couple followed his career as a chemical engineer to establish life together in Brevard. She used her nurses training, working as a volunteer, providing community and medical support to families of need in the mountains of Transylvania County. It was through this work she and her husband came to develop a loving lifelong relationship with a family of a mom and dad and their 10 children.

Her husband, Bruce, and her parents preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sisters, Lois Livingstone Wild, of Anamosa, and Doris Livingstone Larson, of Cedar Rapids; also nieces, nephews and seven of her foster children.

They were devoted to serve Christ through their support of children in need and were strong advocates of higher education through their charitable giving to Livingstone College in Salisbury, Brevard College and the University of Iowa.

She will be remembered fondly for her strong faith, independence and unique outlook on aging and life.

Memorials in her memory may be directed to Calvin Sinclair Presbyterian Church.


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