Mary Louise Smith-Brown passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2016. She was 94 years old.
Born July 9, 1922 in Gary, Indiana, Mary Louise Smith-Brown lived her entire life in Gary, Indiana. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1940. Affectionately known as “Granny Da,” Mrs. Smith-Brown was a lifelong member of St. John Baptist Church, where Rev. Julius James was her pastor. She was married to Theodore Brown Jr. until his death. Mrs. Brown was a former employee in the Bop Shop at U.S. Steel, where she retired in 1984.
She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Ella Smith; both sisters, Helen Smith-Russell and Rebecca Dixon; a son, Tommy Brown; and her husband, Theodore Brown Jr. She leaves to mourn her passing her son, Theodore Brown III and daughter, Helen McClarin; grandchildren, Janay McClarin (Cydney), Taylor (Jaylen), Jeffery Brown, (Mathew and Danasia) and Tommy Brown, Jr.; nieces, Diane Russell, Carolyn Smith and Christy Russell (Brittany and Kenya). Visitation was scheduled on Friday, October 28 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at St. John Baptist Church, 2457 Massachusetts St. The Funeral followed immediately after the Visitation. The burial was at Fern Oaks in Griffith, Indiana.