Obituary of Verna Brown
April 29, 1940 – April 24, 2023
Verna Brown. Age 82 of Brownstown.
Beloved wife of Jim Brown. Loving mother of Tad (Cathie) Renard and Rainey (Kelly) Thorn. Dearest grandmother of Britney (JD) Shirshekar, Ashley (Michael) Sliz, KC (Hanna) Thorn and Brady Renard. Great grandmother of Layla Shirshekar and Mac Shirshekar. Dear sister of the late Fay Geb, the late Saundra Monroe and the late Joann Casaccia. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Cremation will take place at The On-Site Crematory located within the Molnar Funeral Homes - Brownstown Chapel.
~ Family Tribute ~
Verna and Jim spent 48 loving years together. They raised two wonderful children, Tad and Rainey, as well as four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Verna was an amazing homemaker and later in life was the best babysitter to her grandchildren.
In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening and spending time in her exquisitely crafted backyard. Stepping back there on a summer day you would hear the trickling of the pond, the splashing of the pool, and catch the delightful smell of suntan oil and fresh flowers. Verna was the original creator of the she-shed, a beautiful area she would decorate with the seasons and a perfect playhouse for her grandchildren to enjoy. This little oasis that she maintained so well was host to many parties and family gatherings. She was the glue that kept family coming together time and time again.
Verna was incredibly creative. From painted floors to stenciled decks, Verna knew how to make a house a home, giving everything a touch of her personality with the stroke of a brush. She could take everyday items, such as ordinary chairs from the flea market, and turn them into a work of art for all to enjoy. If she wasn’t soaking up the sun in her backyard or working up a craft in the house, you would likely find her on a power walk throughout the neighborhood with her beloved dogs.
To say that Verna liked Elvis would be an understatement - She loved him! She and her sisters would get together every year for the King’s birthday. Verna was known to have fun and take joy in music, so Elvis’ birthday was the perfect opportunity for both. Verna was also a big fan of the Detroit Pistons; her favorite player was Chauncy Billups, she went to many games to see him play. She was quite disappointed when he was traded to Denver and did not go to many more games after that. To quote Verna “they never should have traded Chauncey!”
She was also an avid reader, her favorite author was Nicholas Sparks. She and Jim were frequent diners and shoppers at the Cracker Barrel – it wasn’t unheard of her to do her Christmas shopping there as well! She and Jim were lovers of cinema and went to the movie theater at least once or twice a week. With her adoration for Elvis, it is no surprise that she watched the movie 6 times while it was out in the theaters. She enjoyed period pieces as well, one of her favorites being Gone with the Wind.
Both fun-loving and free-spirited, Jim and Verna were pioneers of the traveling RV lifestyle with their trusted canine companions. They loved to travel from beach to beach, but her favorite destination was Palm Beach, FL where her friend Phyllis resided.
Verna really was a one of a kind woman and the world is a better and more beautiful place for having had her in it. She will truly be missed by her friends and family.
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John Molnar, Sr. opened the Detroit Hungarian Funeral Home, now the Molnar Funeral Homes, in 1923. The funeral home began in his home until relocating across the street to it's Delray location at 8623 Dearborn Avenue, in 1936. He had a strong work ethic and believed that you should never stop learning...