In Memory of Joan M. Brown



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Joan Marie Brown (Hill) had a contagious, almost mischievous smile.  She was intelligent, hard-working and tenacious.  Joan had beautiful green eyes, a heart of gold, a generous nature and boundless love for her family and friends.  You knew where you stood with Joan as she wasn’t shy about sharing her opinion if asked!

Joan was born in Endicott, NY on September 26, 1938 to Clarence and Lavilla Hill and passed away unexpectedly on July 22, 2017.  She lived most of her life in the Vestal, NY area.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Clarence “Roy” Hill of Wilmington, NC.  Joan is survived by brother Gerald “Jerry” Hill and sister-in-law Mary Hill of Castleton, NY, and sister-in-law Katie Hill of Wilmington, NC, and many truly special nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, including Emerald Cay Graham of Durham, NC. Joan leaves behind children Suzy (Larry) Fallon of Hudson, WI, Sally Frey of Hudson, WI and David (Tara) Brown of Midlothian, VA.  She is also survived by six beloved grandchildren: Kaitlin Frey, Iain Brown, Hannah Brown, Noah Frey, Elle Fallon and Cooper Fallon.  She is also survived by her exchange student daughter, Deborah Morris of Tunbridge Wells, England and ex-husband, Duane Brown of Hudson and grand-dog, Bruno of Hudson.  

Joan loved to take care of other people and her family especially loved her apple pies, cookies and “eat me” coffee cake.   Joan was simply the best mom in the world and dedicated her life to her children, grandchildren, family members and anyone else who needed a hug, smile or word of encouragement.  During her younger years, she was known as a gifted vocalist and sang with many choirs and as a soloist. When Joan was just 59 years old, she suffered a debilitating stroke as a result of a brain aneurysm.  While many people would have given up, Joan persevered and worked incredibly hard to maintain a high level of independence.  Her strength, courage and faith served as encouragement to others who also struggled.  Prior to her aneurysm, Joan worked for IBM and then Lockheed Martin in Owego, NY.  Joan loved her job as a program manager and was proud of her work on the B1 Bomber project.

Joan’s last home was at Comforts of Home in Hudson. She loved welcoming new residents, having coffee with friends and learning all about the lives of her wonderful care-giving team.  While Joan did not belong to a specific faith community in Hudson, her focus on her faith and the Lord were evident in her ever day interactions with others. Joan’s infectious smile, loving nature and devotion to family will be missed by all who knew and loved her.  Joan’s generosity and focus on others will continue via organ donation. There are no public services planned at this time.  Please contact her family via O’Connell Funeral Home for questions and condolences, (715-386-3725). 

Joan M. Brown's Tribute Wall

Tributes (14):

  1. Saddened to hear of Joan’s death… We had lots and lots of great days at DayAway. She was a wonderful person!!! So glad I had the opportunity to know her.

  2. Our family met Joan at Comforts of Home when our mother took up residence there. Joan was always available with her infectious warm smile and her love of life. We are sorry for your loss, and we are so happy we met her.

    Family of Dorothy Cumming

  3. I’m so sorry for all the pain… wish I could hug you all, Suzy, Sally and David…and your families….loved Aunt Joan very much…..

  4. Mrs. Brown was one of kindest, most generous people I have ever met. She had a way of making everyone feel good about themselves. My sincerest sympathy goes out to all of you. May you find comfort in the warm embrace of friends and family, and the many fond memories you will always share and treasure.
    Heartfelt condolences,

  5. So sorry for your loss. Nothing can prepare you for the devasting feelings and the sense of loss you are feeling, but take courage. In addition to the family, friends, and your wonderful memories, you can trust in God to help you through the difficult times ahead of you. He invites you to, “throw all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” May the God of all comfort, comfort you so that you may be a comfort to others.
    (1 Peter 5:7;2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)

  6. Dear Suzy,
    We will never forget that smiling face. She was my sister-in-law but
    first of all, a dear friend. We shared many late night conversations
    together. Her lose leaves a gap in my life but many smiles for all
    the years we had together. Love to all. Katie

  7. Thank you for all of your kind words and prayers. My Mother was a wonderful person who was full of love for all her family and friends. She was a fantastic baker who’s apple pie was legendary! We will always be thankful for our time with her.

  8. Suzy, I wish I could be there for you but rest assured my heart is with you and Sally and David! Love you!

  9. Sorry to hear about your mom, Suzy. I haven’t seen you in ages, but I think of you often. Condolences from Eric and me.

  10. Suzy, while I did not know your mother, I am certain that based on the great daughter she raised she must have been a special person and wonderful mother. My thoughts are with you and your family. Jay

  11. So sorry to see your mom’s obituary. We had a lot of laughs, both on the bus & at the Hudson senior center.

  12. Aunt Joan was always so full of life. More happy thoughts of her coming up with a theme song to make our family moves better….There’s a pawn shop on a corner of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Also, just remembered her monkey bread. She brought a lot of joy to many lives. I love Aunt Joan! My heart is there with you all.


  13. Aunt Joan was a beautiful person. I will never forget her smile, big hugs, caring nature and apple pie. I loved her very much and will miss her.

  14. Thank you to everyone who loved and cared about our mom. Her love of life and her devotion to family and friends was infectious. She was forever kind and was an eternal optimist. Xoxo