Marcaline Brown, 90, of Albany, Mo., died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Golden Living Center-Colonial Manor of Albany. She was born July 17, 1922, in Trenton, Mo., to Howard T. and Bessie Rose (Brees) Wilson.
She graduated from the Trenton Public High School in 1940 and was named the valedictorian of the 1942 graduating class of Trenton Junior College. She married Jason Brown on Oct. 17, 1945. They moved to Albany in 1946. She is credited for starting the first Head Start program in Albany in 1967 where she taught for four years. In 1972, she helped organize the Opportunity Workshop in Stanberry, Mo., and worked as a supervisor for 10 years.
She was active in the United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and served as president of the women’s group. In addition to raising a large family, she was involved in their development by serving as a Cub Scout den mother, school tutor, library volunteer and a member of the local park board. In the late 1980s she organized a volunteer group from United Methodist Women to play bingo at Colonial Manor when her mother moved there as a resident. She continued as a volunteer until becoming a resident in September 2011. She was a charter member of Beta Sigma Phi in Trenton. In 1984, she was named as a Missouri Merit Mother. She also received her 55-year continuous membership pin from the American Legion Auxiliary. On Oct. 14, 2006, she received the Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Trenton Junior College and North Central Missouri College and was honored as a member of the 2006 Class of Outstanding Alumni Honorees.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jason Brown, in 2004; two sisters, Marian and Martha; a son, Morris Brown; and four grandchildren.
Survivors include seven sons, Dennis Alan and Robert Chris of Albany, Jeffry Don and his wife Sari of Durango, Colo., Charles Jay of Durango, Henry Keith of San Marcos, Texas, Philip Kent and his wife Sandra of Las Vegas, Nev., and Kevin Lee and his wife Teri, of Austin, Texas; three daughters, Carrol Lyn Scott and her husband Larry of Parnell, Mo., Sarah Jan Robertson and her husband Mike of Albany, and Natalie Sue of Kansas City; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and 3 sisters, Madolyn Collins of Clark, Mo., and Mildred Pendlay and Maxine Pennell, both of Trenton.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 7, at the Roberson-Polley Chapel of Albany with burial at the Grandview Cemetery in Albany.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church to be used for the Backpack Buddies Program, The Albany Carnegie Public Library, or the Morris Brown Memorial Fund used for Albany’s school libraries in care of the Roberson-Polley Chapel, 403 N. Hundley, Albany, MO 64402. Online condolences may be left at www.robersonpolleychapel.com.