Exley Brown, 83, Washington Island, Clayton, passed away
Tuesday evening, Dec. 4, at River Hospital, Alexandria Bay,
where she had been a patient since Nov. 16.
Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at
Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 214 Sterling St., Watertown.
The funeral service will be 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the
funeral home with Rev. Dr. Jerome Wichelns, pastor of Christ
Episcopal Church, Clayton, officiating. Burial will follow
in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown.
Born March 28, 1929, in Watertown, daughter of Earl E. and
Charlotte M. Merkley Exley, she graduated from Watertown
High School, attended Hunter College, and graduated from
Paine Hall Medical School with a laboratory technologist
degree, both in NYC.
She married Irwin B. Brown in March 25, 1951, at St.
Andrew's Episcopal Church, Evans Mills, with Rev. Manuel
Fowler officiating. Mr. Brown died April 3, 2005.
She was a laboratory technologist at Mt. Vernon Hospital,
Mt. Vernon, a laboratory supervisor at E. J. Noble Hospital,
Alexandria Bay, and a lab consultant at E. J. Noble
Hospital, Gouverneur. She was a member of the Board of
Directors of River Hospital and was instrumental in the
planning and development of the Irwin B. Brown Antwerp
Frances was a member of Antwerp Chapter 189 Order of the
Eastern Star and had served as a member of the Thousand
Islands Central School Board of Education. In 1993 she was
named Cape Vincent Citizen of the Year, actively
participating in the Cape Vincent Improvement League and the
Thousand Islands Craft School, Clayton.
She was an avid antique collector, loved to cook, had a love
of arts and crafts, and a special, strong love for the St.
Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Helen H. and Rich
Duffy, Clayton; her three sons and their wives, Edward E.
and Sharon C. Brown, Watertown, Kurt F. and Suzanne M.
Brown, Mohawk, and Jay M. and Kim A. Brown, Clayton; eight
grandchildren and five great grandchildren; her sister,
Constance "Connie" O'Neill, Clayton; her
stepsister, Mary Marcott, Watertown; and several nieces,
nephews, and cousins.
Besides her husband, Irwin, she was predeceased by her
father, Earl Exley, her mother and stepfather, Charlotte
Exley Richardson and H. Wellington "Wally"
Richardson, stepbrother, Joseph Richardson, two stepsisters,
Margaret Dermady and Kay Shields, one granddaughter, Jaycee
Brown, her brother, Col. William R. Exley, and her twin
brother, Frederick E. Exley
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to
either River Hospital Foundation, PO Box 567, Alexandria
Bay, NY 13607 or E. J. Noble Hospital, 77 W. Barney St.,
Gouverneur, NY 13642.
Condolences to the family may be made to www.cummingsfuneral.com.
Information provided by Cummings
Funeral Service and Newzjunky.com, Watertown