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Mary Nell Brown (Tulia)

August 28, 1918 — January 20, 2022

Mary Nell Brown (Tulia)

Mary Nell Hodges Brown passed away at the age of 103 at Tulia Health & Rehab on Thursday, January 20, 2022. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Silverton Cemetery, Silverton, Texas. Arrangements are under the care of Kornerstone Funeral Directors of Tulia.

Mary Nell Hodges Brown was born August 28, 1918 the eldest of three children born to Herbert Hodges and Annie Dewberry. She, her sister, Phyliss, and brother, Lawrence, grew up on the Hodges family farm southeast of Tulia. Mary Nell and her brother both attended West Texas Normal High School in Canyon.

Mary Nell attended Baylor University in Waco and received her B.S in mathematics from West Texas State Teachers College in 1939. She also studied for a Master’s Degree at Colorado.

On December 19, 1942, Mary Nell married Guy Malcolm ‘Doc’ Brown of Silverton. She taught math at Tulia High School and also in South Plains and Kress. The Browns began full-time farming in 1945 after Doc’s discharge from the U.S. Navy.

Mary Nell Brown’s mother, Annie Dewberry Hodges, died at her home in Tulia at the age of 105.

Upon Mr. Brown’s death in 1991, Mary Nell moved to the Baptist Retirement Community in San Angelo where she happily resided until 2012. At that time, she moved herself back to Tulia where she became a resident at Tulia Health and Rehab facility.

She is survived by her niece, Lynn Hodges of Madison, Wisconsin and grandnieces, Deana Condra of Madison and Jessica Brandenburg of Chicago, Illinois as well as Jimmy Hodges of Tulia.

Mary Nell was a proud member of the DAR and also has been a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Tulia and First Baptist Church of San Angelo.

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Graveside Service

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Silverton Cemetery

, Silverton, TX 79257

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