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Theresa N Brown

1932 - 2021


“God saw you getting tired, and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered, 'Come to Me.'" — author unknown.

Theresa N. Brown died peacefully on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at Meadowbrook Health Center's Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and husband.

She was born on April 12, 1932, in Kankakee, to Evelyn and Harvey Nourie. When she was only six months old, her family moved to Champaign. Theresa attended Holy Cross Grade School and graduated from Champaign High School in 1950. She went on to the University of Detroit, returning to Champaign after one year to take care of her ailing mother. She married the love of her life, Philip Brown, on May 8, 1954. They raised five children, Jeanne Brown (Michael), John Brown (Milly), Evelyn Roughton (Harold), Rosetta Dalton (Bob, deceased) and Stanley Brown (Donna).

She had 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Throughout her life, Theresa had a strong work ethic. She loved every one of her jobs and spoke fondly of each one of them. Prior to marriage, she worked as a cashier and bookkeeper at Walgreens. After taking time off to have a family, she returned to work, starting out at Midwest Television and later moving to the University of Illinois as a secretary to the food service director. Eventually, she became the planner for food service events at the Illini Union. She retired in 1997.

Theresa had a long history of being actively involved in her community. She participated in both PEO and Beta Sigma Phi sororities. She was dedicated to Holy Cross Catholic Church, serving with the Altar Society and as president of Catholic Daughters for many years. She also delivered Meals on Wheels and was a proud member of the 100-gallon blood donor group at her local blood bank.

Theresa always enjoyed getting together with friends for bridge, the Red Hat Society, and the symphony. She enjoyed walking all over town, often stopping to read a book at one of her favorite coffee shops along the way. She loved to travel regularly and took numerous trips with her children to Europe, Mexico, Canada and throughout the United States.

Theresa led a full life. When asked what part of her life she would like to relive, she said she would love to relive her children’s toddler years. She was a generous and loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt (to her special niece, Laura). Her family was the most important thing to her, and she would never hesitate to reach out and help them. Theresa was the center of our family’s lives. She will be deeply missed.

The family is arranging a private Mass and burial at a later date.

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association at 

The family would like to extend its deepest gratitude to Dr. McNeal, the nurses, CNAs and staff of Meadowbrook Health Center, Clark-Lindsey Village. Their compassion, patience and kindness were exemplary and a comfort to the family.



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Love from Susan and Roger Orban

March 26, 2021 7:31 PM

Being with Theresa was a special treat whether at work, play or even just in passing. Her warm welcoming smile and interest just in you made us happy. To all you special Browns, we are so sorry.
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Craig Walker

March 26, 2021 6:47 PM

Mrs Brown was like a second mom to me as I grew up BFF with her son Stan. I spent many of hours in her house and she was always so gracious and generous to me accepting me into her family . She had a great laugh, always smiling and cared about people deeply without judgement. The last time I saw you was at Original Pancake house and I am glad to have been a small part of your life God Bless you Mrs. Brown, you were an Angel on earth and may you fly high with the Angels in Heaven .

Mary Blair

March 26, 2021 9:13 AM

Theresa was a mentor, and special friend to me from the first day I started at the Illini Union. She was a true professional.
I know how much she loved her family, and her strong faith in God.
My deepest sympathy,
Mary Blair

Karen Siems

March 23, 2021 11:56 AM

I worked with Theresa when we both were at the Illini Union. Her office was in with the Reservation’s Office where I worked. She worked very close with our office so she was very special to me. She was very professional but always had a smile for everyone. I will be keeping your family in my prayers. Karen Siems

Marylou Grace

March 23, 2021 5:49 AM

Dear Jeanne, John, Evelyn, Rosetta, and Stanley,
So saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. I have so very many wonderful memories as I was growing up, of the time spent with your family.. Your Mom and I often spent a lot of time fondly reminiscing about family, especially when Lois came to town. The three of us met for lunch at a buffet, and found ourselves still talking as the dinner crowd came in- and of course we stayed to eat as new items were being served. Your Mom always believed that family was the most important thing we have in life- she certainly was special to my family, and with your Dad, she had a family that she dearly loved and was proud of.

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