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MARY HAMMOND FLETCHER BROWN
(Age 90) "Mumsie" Mary Hammond Brown,
a native Washingtonian, dedicated wife and loving
mother, died peacefully on October 30, 2011,
surrounded by her five children, seven of her
grandchildren, and two of her great-grandsons.

Mumsie was one of seven children born to
Richmond Viers Claggett Fletcher and John Fletcher.
She enjoyed telling people that she was her father's 13th child and that she
was born on Friday the 13th . She attended Alice Deal Junior High School and
Central High School in the District of Columbia.

She married Austin Stanley Brown and began her family, raising four
daughters and one son. When first married, Mary and Austin lived in
Greenbelt, MD, later moving to Bellemead, MD, and then to Bowie, MD.
While her children were young, Mumsie was active in her children's activities
and especially enjoying serving as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout Den Mother.
She was very creative in arranging activities for her scout groups. She was
also involved in St. Mary's Catholic Church, where she served on the Ladies'
Sodality and operated the religious articles stand. She and Austin chaperoned
St. Mary's CYO dances for teenagers.

Austin, who loved rock and roll, served as disc jockey, and Mumsie handled
admission and sold the soft drinks. Most of the teenagers who attended the
dances knew Mary and Austin and were very fond of them. Mumsie was also
on St. Mary's Bowling Team and had several trophies to prove her skills.
Another of her hobbies was making ceramics, and she gave all of her children
and grandchildren her hand-made ceramic pieces. She loved any kind of card
game, was a very sharp player, and never missed an opportunity to play with
anyone, and most times would win. She loved to walk and was very proud of
the 18 or so certificates she had received for walking over the Chesapeake
Bay Bridge on Bay Appreciation Day. When she lived in Bowie, the entire
Brown clan, dubbed "The Sunday Lunch Bunch," would come for dinner at
her home, known as "Club 3618." Mumsie had a real talent for making
delicious and nutritious meals for an extended family of as many as twenty
people. She truly loved being surrounded by her family.

In 1968, after Austin's death, Mumsie remained in her home in Bowie and
continued with her Sunday afternoon meals for her family for many years.
After her children were grown, Mary worked at the U.S. Catholic Conference
and later at the World Bank where she had many friends. Eventually, she
retired from her job at the World Bank in order to spend more time with her
grandchildren. Mumsie's life revolved around her children and grandchildren,
and she would often make the rounds among all five children, spending a
month or more with each. She frequently vacationed with her children and
grandchildren in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Canada, and Ocean City, MD.

In 2008, Mumsie fell in her yard and seriously injured her back. After that,
she moved from Bowie to Rockville, but still made the rounds visiting her five
children because they were her favorite thing about life. She always said "All I
need is my family."

Mumsie is survived by her five children: Anita Catterton (Gary Posey) of
Dover, DE; Austin "Buddy" (Ochi) Brown of Bradenton, FL; Agnes M.
Brown (Joseph Wassell) of Washington, DC; Ana Blumetti of Myrtle Beach,
SC; and Maryann Grimm of Rockville, MD. She is also survived by her nine
grandchildren: Stephen (Leigh) Catterton of Elkton, MD; Charles Salsgiver of
Pasedena, MD; Michael (Rebekah) Salsgiver of Herndon, VA; Tim Salsgiver
of Arlington, VA; Jacqueline Salsgiver of Pawleys Island, SC; Matthew
(Rebecca) Grimm of Vienna, VA; Kristin (John) Allison of Winchester, VA;
Hazel (Don) Cozzetto of Manila, Philippines; Ronald (Virginia) Brown of
Cape Coral, FL. She is also survived by three great-grandsons, Sean and Colin
Catterton, and Domenik Merrikh, and two great-granddaughters, Jennifer
Brown and Danielle Cozzetto.

Mumsie is remembered by her family as a consummate mother and care-giver
and staunch supporter of her children and grand-children in every aspect of
their lives. Mumsie was the glue that held the family together, and she will be
forever missed.

Friends may call at BEALL FUNERAL HOME, 6512 NW Crain Hwy. (Rte.
3 South), Bowie, "MD on Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered St. Pius X Catholic Church, 14720
Annapolis Rd., Bowie, MD on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 10 a.m.

Interment at Fort Lincoln Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army in memory
of Mary H. Brown. Please view and sign the family's guestbook at:
www.beallfuneral.com


Published in The Washington Post on November 2, 2011