Marianne Kirkland Brown
Marianne Kirkland Brown, 93, died Sept., 25, 2005 in Sister Bay.
The daughter of Anne Stevens Kirkland and Harry Kirkland, she was was born Feb. 15, 1912 in Evanston, Ill.
Survivors include three daughters, Sally (John) Frahm of Aus-tin, Texas, Bon-nie (Jim) Rock of Salt Lake City, Utah and Meredith/Dee (Steve, deceas-ed) of Kearney, Neb.
Along with her daughters, Marianne is survived by 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and two nieces, Diane and Kathy Kirkland.
Mrs. Brown graduated from Northwestern University where she met her future husband, James Robert Brown. They were married in June of 1934.
After their marriage, the Browns moved to West Bend where Mr. Brown was assistant to the president of The West Bend Aluminum Co., advancing to be president from 1959 through 1971.
He passed away in 2001.
During her time in West Bend, Marianne became a community leader.
She began the Children’s Theater, directing, producing, and acting in numerous plays. The talents of many women and children were encouraged, and they entertained busload after busload of children.
Marianne played Gretel, Winnie the Pooh, and many other characters.
She spearheaded the building of the high school auditorium and was instrumental in the establishment of the University of Wisconsin-Washington County.
When the Browns retired in San Diego, Marianne played the Dowager Empress in that community’s theatrical production of Anastasia.
Her solos in both church and theater were a joy to many. One of her last solo appearances was for the marriage of her granddaughter, Jennifer Rock D’Amato. At that time, she was 80 years old.
Recordings of her songs were played at memorial services for both her sister and her husband at the time of their deaths. The family treasures a CD of her singing.
Other activities Mrs. Brown enjoyed included membership in and the presidency of the West Bend Women’s Club and membership and involvement in the West Bend Fifth Avenue Methodist Church.
She also played golf, traveled, taught classes and wrote.
Marianne and her husband coauthored the book "Cokur-burn."
They took trips to Scotland where they did research on their heritage and for the book.
She enjoyed painting, and wrote children’s stories which her grandchildren and great- grandchildren have loved.
The Browns had planned to move to Sister Bay before Mr. Brown died.
Mrs. Brown had summered in nearby Ephraim since she was a child. Though Mr. Brown died before they made the move, his daughters are gratified that this is where their mother spent the rest of her life.
Bonnie, Dee and their families have summer homes in Ephraim, and all three daughters were with their mother as she died.
Marianne was a strong example of courage, faith, gratitude and joy.
Her daughters are appreciative of the staff of Scandia Village Good Samaritan. The staff talked about how Marianne was a lady to the end, and she saw them as her extended family. They helped her to express the song in her heart.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Marianne’s memory given to Scandia Village Good Samaritan at 290 Smith Drive, Sister Bay, Wis., 54234, or to the Children’s Theater of West Bend at 1028 Chestnut St., West Bend, 53095.
A memorial for the staff at Scandia Village was held on Sept. 26, and a memorial for family and friends will be next summer.