Jean M. (McDonough) Brown

September 26, 1925 ~ May 5, 2020 (age 94)


On May 5, 2020, Genevieve ("Jean") McDonough Brown, 94, passed away with family at her side

after a long illness in nursing care at Plymouth Place, LaGrange Park. She was the widow of Dr.

Clement R. Brown, Jr. who died on November 28, 1993. After her husband's passing, Jean made

her home in Hinsdale to be close to her children residing there and in LaGrange and Winfield.

Given the name Genevieve, a name of French origin which means "of the family," Genevieve ("Jean")

lived bringing the destiny of her birth name to full flower by giving her all to her family, friends and


Born in the coal-mining town of Carbondale, Pennsylvania, Jean lived in a close-knit Irish Catholic

family and community, filled with aunts, uncles and cousins. Her parents, Agnes (McDonnell) and

John McDonough, had 3 generations living under one roof. Growing up in a multigenerational

household instilled in Jean a deep devotion to family, setting her life's direction.

After graduating from Benjamin Franklin High School in Carbondale in 1943, Jean answered the call

to address the urgent nationwide shortage of nursing professionals and entered nursing school in

Scranton, PA. She then left her hometown for Washington, D.C. to work at Doctors Hospital. There,

Jean met Dr. Clement R. Brown, Jr., who would become her husband. Together, they made a

succession of homes throughout the East and Midwest for their 7 children, including Clement,

Anne (Saye) [deceased], Kathleen (Cullather), Maureen (Parton), Jean (Richey), Lisa (Lizzo) and

John.Jean's legacy of love includes 13 grandchildren: Beau Brown, Brittany (Brown) O'Hara, Jean (Saye)

Riley, Maggie Saye, Claire Cullather, Peter Cullather, Jane Parton, Nathaniel Parton, Greer Richey,

John Lizzo, Andrew Brown, Ellen Brown and Jack Brown and 2 great-grandchildren, Fallyn and

Griffin O'Hara.In a world of striving and vying for attention, Jean was a deep ocean of acceptance, contentment and

service to family and community.

A longtime member of St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Hinsdale, a Memorial Mass and reception will be

announced at a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Burial will take place at St. Louis

Cemetery in Clarksville, Maryland. Please consider showing your support for the Brown Family by

signing the online guestbook and sharing a memory.

Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph in Chestnut Hill, PA

(; Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation (; National Shrine of

St Jude, Chicago, Illinois (www.shrineofstjude.nrg); or Alzheimer's research (



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