Carol Jean Coey Brown, 81

Carol Jean Coey Brown passed away Jan. 16, 2018, from a sudden massive stroke which occurred at her home in Morgantown, W V.  

Carol was born in Williston, N.D.. in 1937.  Her father , a Soil Conservation agent, was stationed in various towns in Montana. Carol’s childhood was spent in Three Forks, her high school years in Livingston.  She attended college in Bozeman and Billings, graduating from Eastern Montana State with a degree in business education.  Her family was ruled by a strong work ethic which kept the kids working part-time throughout their high school years. Carol financed her own higher education.

Her first teaching position took place in a small town in northeastern Montana where she met her husband to be, Thomas brown, the school music director.  The couple were married in June, 1960. For an extended honeymoon, the couple realized one of Tom’s dreams and they sailed abroad.  Thus it was that Carol, who had only been out of Montana a couple times in her life, found herself on the Orient Express, headed for Munich, Ger.  As she was to do throughout her marriage, she provided the key that unlocked an exciting new life: she found work.  Eventually her temporary job with the Munich Campus of the University of Maryland developed into full-time professional employment for both her and Tom.  After four glorious years of skiing, climbing, beer drinking and the birth of a daughter, the couple moved to Evanston, Ill, where Tom completed his advanced Degree at Northwestern University.  Again, their student life was made possible by Carol who was hired at a prestigious high school in Evanston.  The couple’s final address was in Morgantown where Carol completed a degree in accounting at WVU.  A superb teacher, Carol taught accounting and bookkeeping at the college level as her final position.

Carol was fascinated by visual natural beauty.  Flowers and birds were an important part of her life.  As a member of the St. Thomas a Becket Episcopal Church Alter Guild, not only did she assist with treasury duties, she was in charge of the arrangement of flowers for a number of years.  Carol was in her supreme element in the serenity of her home where Tom was served gourmet preparations of his favorite foods.

A German friend in Munich once described Carol as “einmalige Frau,”-- a woman who happens only once. Truly, she was an integral part of all that really counted in the life of her family.

She is survived by her husband Thomas Spencer Brown, and daughter Marjorie Shannon Brown, of Martinsburg, WV. In addition, she is survived by a beloved sister, Pearl Shannon Coey and husband Capt. Sherman E. Wright. ,Jr., Ret. of Silverton, Oregon, with whom she spent many breezy summers yachting; brother David Coey and wife Evelyn of Bozeman, Montana,  and brother James Coey and wife Lois of Billings, Montana, and many nieces, nephews and their next generation.

The family wishes to thank David Bess Photography, LLC, for the photograph above.

A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM  at St. Thomas à Becket Episcopal Church, 75 Old Cheat Rd., Morgantown. Friends may join the family at the church one hour prior to the service from 1-2 PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Carol's name may be made to either Animal Friends of North Central WV, 252 Brewer Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 or to Mon County Special Olympics, 400 Mylan Park Ln., Morgantown, WV 26501.

Professional services are being provided to the family with the guidance of Smith Funeral & Cremation Care, 108 Holland Ave., Morgantown.

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