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Marilyn J. Brown

December 6, 1933 — March 26, 2023



GARDNER – Marilyn J. (Hiller) Brown, 89, of Gardner, died peacefully Sunday, March 26, 2023 at the home of her son, shortly after the arrival of her daughter from Texas and surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 6, 1933, daughter of the late Harvey E. and Bernice (Lane) Hiller.  She grew up in Detroit.  Following her marriage to her late husband, Marilyn travelled all over Europe and the United States and settled in Troy, Texas, where she lived until about 1995.  She then returned to Detroit, living there until moving to Gardner in 2003.

Marilyn was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Michigan, Barre, MA and Gardner, MA. as a member of the Jessamine Chapter.  She was also a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  Marilyn enjoyed dancing, travelling and spending time with her family.

Her husband, Paul W. Brown, Jr., died in 1980.  She leaves her children, William L. Brown and his wife Ruthy and Karen Rotge and her husband Sid of Hutto, Texas; six grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three children, George Brown, Sharon Brown and John E. Brown and a brother, Harvey Hiller.

Calling hours in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon will be held Thursday, March 30, 2023 from 5 to 6:30 P.M. followed by Eastern Star services and funeral services.

Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Memorial donations may be made to Jessamine Chapter order of the Star or to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

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