Elinor D. Brown, 94


Elinor D. Brown, 94, a longtime resident of Oak Ridge, Tenn., passed away Jan. 6, 2019, at Grand Oaks Assisted Living in Washington, D.C. She was born April 18, 1924, in Millsboro, Del., to J. Harold Dobson and Mildred Short Dobson.

Brown grew up in Millsboro and graduated from Millsboro High School. She then graduated from Mary Washington College with a degree in English and received her master’s degree in library science from Drexel Institute of Technology.

After working at Dickinson College as a librarian, Brown came to Oak Ridge in 1952 to work at the Oak Ridge Public Library. While working there, she met Lloyd Brown, a chemist and library patron. They were married in December of 1954. After her children were in school, she took classes in elementary education at the University of Tennessee and became a librarian at Linden Elementary School until retiring in 1991.

After retirement, she and Lloyd traveled extensively. Brown enjoyed being a docent at the Children’s Museum and volunteered for many years at Meals on Wheels. She was also active in the local chapters of AAUW and Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and at the time of her death was a member of First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge.

In addition to her parents, Brown was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd, in January of 2016, and her sister, Kathleen D. Watson. She is survived by a son, Stephen Brown and his wife, Margaret Simkovsky, of Arlington, Va.; a daughter, Karen Perry and her husband, James, of Bethesda, Md.; and two beloved grandchildren, Emma and Matthew Brown. The caring companionship by her special angel, Georgina Mundashi, will not be forgotten.

A graveside service was to be held on Jan. 16, 2019, at Millsboro (Del.) Cemetery. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge or the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.