Lillian Theressa Brown
, the second daughter and fourth child of James Edward (Ed) Brown and Mildred Seldon Brown, was born January 5, 1932, in Charles City County, Virginia. Lillian graduated from Daniel Webster High School in 1948 and attended Virginia State College for 3 years before moving to Washington, DC. Working for the Department of the Navy, she met her future husband, Arthur Rice, at the Pentagon and they married on November 15, 1959. They welcomed their only child, Lisa, in 1961.
Lillian was a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, and cousin; she was all about family. A long-time, dedicated member of Saint Francis Xavier parish, she was a woman of great faith. Lillian was an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and coordinated the parish SHARE program for many years. She worked for the federal government for over 30 years, first at the Department of the Navy and then at General Services Administration. After retiring, she devoted countless hours to the Church. She was a genuine friend in the community and eager to help when needed. You could always count on her.
Lillian enjoyed walking for exercise, gardening, sewing, making jewelry, reading novels, playing pinochle and bid whist, assembling 3D puzzles and board games. She was an avid football fan and loved going to Washington Redskins games. Upon retirement, she and Arthur began traveling, spending weeks each year at the beach with cousins and a friend. The “beach bums” logged short trips to Ocean City and long hauls to scenic Hawaii. Her furthest beach trip was to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; she lived her dreams.
Lillian was a two-time breast cancer survivor and advocated for herself and others for more than three decades. Lillian spoke with women facing cancer and gave them insight into her fearless approach to tackling the disease.
The last decade of Lillian’s life was a challenge. Alzheimer’s disease slowly compromised her brain and robbed her of her favorite pastimes: reading, sewing and watching movies. As her cognitive memory ebbed, her emotional memory hung on. She remained a loving, caring person, as she had always been. Her passing on January 25, 2019, was painless, peaceful and mercifully quick.
Lillian is survived by her daughter, Lisa; son-in-law, Tom; grandchildren, Thomas, Portia and Paul; her sister Helen; her brothers Rodger (Jourdinia) and Lewis (Margie); and many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, and children, Cheryl and Artie.
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