Ozie ‘Terry’ P. Brown

By on August 6, 2009

Ozie “Terry” P. Brown, 84, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, at her home in Elburn.

She was born Oct. 13, 1924, the daughter of Jesse and Edith (Shepard) Parish in Blountstown, Fla. Two years later, the family moved to Sarasota, Fla., where Terry attended local schools.

Terry met her husband and the love of her life while working at a drug store soda fountain in Sarasota. Tony Brown was stationed in Sarasota, and they dated for two months before he was shipped overseas. They corresponded for two years and got married the day after his return to civilian life on Aug. 14, 1944.

They made their home in Sarasota for a time before a number of transfers took Tony, Terry and a growing family to El Paso, Texas, Rochester, N.Y., Villa Park, Ill., and Gary, Ind. His last transfer brought them to St. Charles in 1956.

Terry and Tony then split time between Illinois and Florida until Tony’s passing in 1990. She then moved to Sturgis, Mich., for a time before finally making her home at the Meadows Apartments in Elburn for the past two years.

Terry worked in several grocery stores over the years. She also worked in the dietary departments of Community Hospital in Geneva and Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, where she retired in 1989.

Terry loved to crochet, knit and sew outfits, baby sweaters, afghans and beautiful dolls for her family. She was an avid football fan, and her cheers for the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still echo in the halls of memory. She made the best fried chicken in the history of the world and had an endless supply of chocolate for all of her visitors whenever they needed a chocolate fix. Terry loved her “babies,” which included her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild. She loved to play bingo and had so many friends to look after her it was like her “family” away from her family. Terry made friends wherever she lived and leaves a legacy of love and memories that stretch across many generations and across the nation.

She now leaves one daughter, Linda (Keith) Farrell of Elburn; and four grandsons, Tony (Michelle) Rouse of St. Charles, Michael Rouse of DeKalb, Justin Webb and Matthew Powell, both of Sturgis, Mich.; two granddaughters, Kimberly (Bill) Zwiers of Elburn, and Colleen Farrell of Aurora; 13 great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Jack and Kate Rouse of St. Charles, Shelbie, AJ and Jaden Rouse of DeKalb, Jordan Webb of Bernie, Mo., Faith and Breanna Webb of Sturgis, Mich., Zack Powell of Sturgis, Mich., Lilly Zwiers of Elburn, and Jackie and Breanna Farrell of Aurora; one great-great-grandson, Aidyn Farrell of Aurora; one sister, Doris Courson of Sarasota, Fla.; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Lorraine “Mimi” Larson, Lu Modaff, Jamie and Peaches Estes, Tom Armesy, and many dear friends at the Meadows Apartments.

She now joins her parents; husband, Tony; daughter, Laura Mead; sisters, Tessie Parish and Bernadine Scott; and brother, Edgar Parish, who preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 320 Franklin St., Geneva, Saturday, Aug. 8.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Ozie Brown Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.