Dorothy Vivian Brown, age 92, of Fernandina Beach passed away on Tuesday, October 18. 2017 surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on August 13, 1925 in Jacksonville, FL to the late Thomas Milton and Ola Forsyth. Her father’s great-great grandfather, who was a Scottish Botanist and Horticulturist was said to have introduced the shrub “Forsythia” into Britain from China which was named after him.
She grew up in Summerfield, FL and graduated from Summerfield High School. During WWII, Mrs. Brown worked as a Teletypist for Western Union, where she met and married Alvie Britt and who was the father of her five children. Mr. Britt passed away in the early 1980’s.
She retired from Maxwell House Coffee in Jacksonville in 1987 as a Traffic Logistics Executive. She then met and married her second husband, Curtis Brown in 1984 and moved to Locust Grove, GA and later living in St. Mary’s, GA. She kept busy, being an active member of the Methodist Church as a secretary and participated in the church’s Meal on Wheels program. She was also very active with Ameranth Eastern Star where she held various offices, the highest of which was the Worthy Matron of her Court and a member of the Grand Court and appointed member of the Supreme Court.
When she was younger, Mrs. Brown was also a competitive square dancer. Upon retirement, she kept busy volunteering as a “Pink Lady” at St. Mary’s Hospital. After moving to Fernandina Beach with her husband, she volunteered at Baptist Medical Center-Nassau.
She leaves behind her five children; Ed (Joanie) Britt of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Tom (Elaine) Britt, of Eloy, AZ, Rena (Terry) B. Murphy of Fernandina Beach, FL, Ken (Chris) Britt of Jacksonville, FL, Mike Britt of Jacksonville, FL, seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 21, 2017 in the Burgess Chapel with Pastor Devin Schultz officiating.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm until the hour of service at Oxley-Heard.
She will be laid to rest in Jones Cemetery in Callahan, FL at a later date.