Mary Frances Beene Brown

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Mary Frances Beene Brown


Mary Frances Beene Brown, 96, passed away Sept. 23, 2017, in Denton. Funeral services were under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. Interment was in DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.

Mrs. Brown was born July 19, 1921, in Bynum Community. She was known as “Nanny” to Wendy Bell, Brandon Bell, and Lauren Bell Bunch, and she played a significant role in their respective lives and upbringing.  She will be sorely missed.

She enjoyed a distinguished 28-year career as a property manager for companies such as Trammel Crow and Lincoln Properties.  She was also active in “Priceless Personality” courses helping women increase confidence and abilities to better themselves in life and the workplace.

After retiring from property management, she continued to leverage her leadership skills with a 17-year tenure as president of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, Post 511 and as district president for one year.  Under her leadership, hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised in support of veterans, the Dallas VA Hospital, cancer research, muscular dystrophy and other charities, plus American flag donations to dozens of schools, businesses and organizations.

She was a devout student of the Bible, a follower of Jesus Christ and a member of the Church of Christ at Teel near Canton.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Garrett Hollis Beene and Leona “Lela” Laurence; husbands, J.C. Curry and Henry “Buddy” Rushing; sisters, Novell Cornelius, Elaine White, Irene Hahn, Jimmie Rush, Ethyl “Chubby” Buie; and brother, Tom “Sonny” Beene.

Survivors include her husband, Howard Brown; sisters, Vera Mae Johnson and Peggy Hunsucker; brother, Buddy Lawrence Beene; stepdaughters, Nancy Hall, Millie Goodman, Virginia Parr, Donna Lee Brown and Margie Mimes; numerous nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.