Mary Whalley Brown
Mary Whalley Brown, 89, of Stowe, Vermont, passed away peacefully in her home on July 12, 2021.
Mary was born in Burlington, Vermont, on August 18, 1931, daughter of Ruth Spear and Donald P. Whalley of Charlotte, Vermont.
Mary was raised on a dairy farm and joined in the work of milking and haying at a young age.
She graduated from Burlington High School, class of 1949, and Burlington Business College two years later.
Mary was employed by Vermont Hardware and worked in the accounting department. She later worked for General Electric Company in the payroll department at their Lakeside Plant. She retired in 1961 and volunteered at the Mary Fletcher hospital for many years.
She married Gerald (Jerry) Brown in 1952, lived in Burlington for one year while looking for a home to raise a family. Mary and Jerry purchased the Baptist Parish House with five acres of meadow in Jericho Corners and lived there for 46 years before moving to Stowe.
Mary was an accomplished equestrian and raised Morgan horses, one of which, Parish Cori-B, won the Mare’s Pleasure Driving Division at the Grand National Horse Show in Oklahoma.
Mary was well known for her outstanding meals and dinner parties. She was also an avid skier earning her the nickname “Mountain Mary”. In the 1960’s she was one of the first women to ski the Grand Promenade in France. This was a three day 190 mile trek across France’s Alps, an adventure that made news in the French Press.
Summer was the season for gardening and she kept her neighbors and friends supplied with an abundance of fruits and vegetables. She also was an avid golfer but she rarely had a kind word for it.
A final word must be said about Mary’s love for dogs.
Mary was preceded by her husband of 58 years Gerald Brown and her nephews Daniel Horsford and John Spence
She is survived by her daughter and son in law Penny and John Moore, grandson Brinton Moore his wife Beth, their children Lily and Jackson, sister Susan Horsford, and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Lamoille Home Health and Hospice for their support and care through this difficult time. And a special thanks to Paulette Philbrook for her many years of care and companionship.
The celebration of Mary Whalley Brown’s life, scheduled at the Trattoria La Festa, 4080 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT, on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, has been cancelled. Arrangements in care of Gifford Funeral Home, 22 Depot Street, Richmond, VT.
In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the North Country Animal League, 16 Mountain View Meadow Road, Morristown, VT 05661 or Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morristown, Vermont 05661.