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Mary J. Brown

June 17, 1943 — April 14, 2020

Mary J. (Cropp) Brown, 76, of Topeka, Kansas, passed away April 14, 2020 at her home. She was born on June 17, 1943 in Los Angeles, California. Daughter of Melvin and Marjorie Moore Cropp.

She graduated from Seaman High School in 1961 and attended Washburn University. Mary married Raymond "Dick" Brown on October 19, 1963 in Topeka, Kansas. Together, they had two daughters.

Mary worked as a school secretary most of her life.  She retired from Seaman School District in 2003. She was a member of Mater Dei-Holy Name Parish. Mary enjoyed watching her grandkid's activities, ceramics, attending her Wednesday night dinner group, car rides out to the lake to spot wildlife, but most importantly spending time with her family and friends.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her mother and father in law, Joe and Bertha Brown; her brothers and sisters in law, Sharon and Jerry Shaw, Georgia Shaw, Larry Brown, and Becky Brown.

She is survived by her daughters Robin Brown (Rusty Spencer) and Rhonda Brown Burghart; brother, Russell (Kathy) Cropp; grandchildren, Jordan Maxwell, Eric Brown (Joanna Deffenbaugh), Devin (Tanner) Barrand, and Baylie Martin; great grandson, Kamden Maxwell; sisters in law, Mary (Raymond) Willett, and Martha (Lyle) Pence; brothers in law, Dennis Brown, Byron (Loretta) Brown Jr., and Donald Shaw; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M., on Friday, July 24, 2020 at Mater Dei Holy Name Catholic Church. A rosary will be prayed at 9:30 A.M. Burial of cremains will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Topeka, KS. 

Due to Covid-19, face masks and social distancing is required.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mater Dei Parish or to the Police Athletic League, and sent in care of Brennan Mathena Funeral Home. 800 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66603. 

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Friday, July 24, 2020

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1114 SW 10th St, Topeka, KS 66604

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Friday, July 24, 2020

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