Vera Brown

Born: June 18, 1915

Died: February 24, 2009

Services: Graveside service 10 AM Friday, February 27th at Paradise Memorial Gardens, 9300 E. Shea Blvd. Scottsdale.

Visitation: None

Ascended to heaven peacefully, at the age of 93, on Tuesday, February 24, 2009. Vera lived her life well as a beloved wife, devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, niece, cousin, and friend to many. She was a woman of great strength and courage while always extending kindness and understanding to those around her. Vera was born in San Angelo, Texas, on June 18, 1915, and was the last remaining sibling of 5 brothers and sisters who preceded her. Vernon M. Brown, her loving husband of 52 years, passed away on May 4, 1997. It was always great fun to tease Mom and Dad that they were such a perfect match including their initials of VMB. Mother's life revolved around the family and its myriad of activities. She adored her weekly card games with her sisters and cousins. Those Friday afternoons were sacred and competitive complemented by endless laughter.Holidays Family gatherings were the highlights of her calendar and she worked tirelessly to make them all special and fun for family as well as friends. After she had supported every possible activity of her own children, she made it a priority to attend as many of the grandchildrens' games, events, and birthday celebrations. Although Vera lived most of her life in Arizona, her Texas heritage was revealed through her superb southern culinary skills of which all of the women in the family still aspire to replicate. She truly was the one and only Vera Mae!

Vera Mae is survived by her daughter, Linda Brown Messenger and her husband, Michael; sons, Robert G. Swan and wife, Carolyn; Donald M. Swan and wife, Misty; Grandchildren include Michael G. Messenger and wife, Kelli; Ashley Messenger; Robbie Swan; Jodie Swan Gallow and husband, David; Katie Swan Milo and husband, Tony; Cammie Harris and husband, Rob; Don Swan and wife, Carmen; and Dionne Swan.

The seven great grandchildren are Madilyn Messenger, Michael M. Messenger, Anthony Milo, Drew Harris, Abby Harris, Amber Swan, and Tawnny Swan. As a family, we will forever miss our grand and gracious mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, but because of her, our lives are immeasurably enriched eternally. She loved us all and, in turn, we loved her dearly. We are all blessed knowing that God and Vernon have welcomed her home finally.

Cemetery: Paradise Memorial Gardens (Map)

Location: Indian School Mortuary (Map)