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
(www.ssjphila.org); Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation (www.bepositive.org); National Shrine of
St Jude, Chicago, Illinois (www.shrineofstjude.nrg); or Alzheimer's research (www.alz.org).