On September 8, 2022, Wilma Jean Brown passed away. She was seventy-five. Born to Estus and Edna Brown. Wilma, an avid reader, graduated from Highland’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and became a teacher. She later earned her Master’s Degree in Education Administration and served as a school administrator. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate and became an attorney and worked in the legal field until her retirement in 2016. As an attorney, she worked to bring programs to improve the lives of children and families and to help those suffering from addiction.
She was active in the community and volunteered with the Literacy Board, the Historic Preservation Board, AAUW and Kiwanis. She was an active hobbyist who enjoyed reading, playing the piano, creating stained glass art, collecting owls, making dolls and sewing. Wilma loved to travel and was in the process of trying to visit every state in the U. S. before her illness made that too difficult to accomplish.
She is survived by her niece, Reddish Ann Strang and her nephew, Gregory Paul Garduno and grand-nephew, Terrell Ronte Brown. She is also survived by her caretaker and friend, Liz Martinez, who along with her husband, Gonzalo, who lovingly cared for and spoiled her. She is also survived by her friends and helpers: Paul and Flora G. Vance and their children; Iris and Ben; her lifelong friend, Antonia Vigil who made her laugh; and her friends, Charlynne Otero, Denise Read, and all the Martinez family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Estus and Edna Brown; her brother, Larry Brown, and her caretaker and friend Gonzalo Martinez, who passed on a couple of months before Wilma.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life Service will be held in St. Francis Chapel at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations, 2315 Hot Springs Blvd. on Friday, October 21, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. The interment will follow in the family plot in the Masonic Cemetery.