Mary Ita Brown

Mary Ita Brown

Mary Ita Brown


Mary Ita Brown, 90, of St. Paul, died at 9:33 p.m., Thursday, February 29, 2024 in Labette Health in Parsons.

Mary Ita was born December 20, 1933 in Walnut, Kansas, a daughter of Harry and Ellen (Cavanaugh) Little. She grew up near Walnut and graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Walnut.

Mary Ita married John “J. P.” Phillip Brown on February 12, 1955 in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Walnut.  John preceded her in death on January 19, 1999.

Mary Ita and John made their home in Junction City from 1955 until 1957 and then they moved to the farm near St. Paul.

Mary Ita worked at the Commercial Bank in Parsons from 1951 until 1955 and she worked as the kitchen coordinator and food service manager for St. Paul Schools from 1971 until retiring in 1999.

She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and a lifelong member and past president of the Altar Society in St. Paul.  She enjoyed making Rosaries, gardening, canning, mowing, growing flowers, cooking, and she taught her children to cook.

Survivors include her sons, Edward Brown of St. Paul, John Brown, and his wife, Loretta, of Livermore, California, Thomas Brown, and his friend, Amy Hoehner, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and Michael Brown, and his wife, Renee, of St. Paul; her daughters, Judy Widner, and her husband, Steve, of Girard and Patricia Phelan of Eureka, Kansas; her sisters, Viola Puckett of Pittsburg, Dorothy Van Leeuwen, and her husband, Jerry, of St. Paul, and Betty Call, and her husband, Jack, of Wichita; her grandchildren, Jennifer Brown, Keith Phelan, Sarah Waterson, Jonathan Phelan, Cary Lynn Parlett, Jay Thomas Brown, Jason Widner, and Amy Widner-McCarter; 4  great-grandchildren;

Mary Ita was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, Janet Marie Maschino; her brother, Joseph Charles Little; a sister, Patricia Sue Little.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2024 in St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul with Fr. Theodore Khin as Celebrant.  Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery at St. Paul.

The Parish Rosary will be at 6:00 p.m., Sunday at St. Francis Church and the family will receive friends following the Rosary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Francis Church and these may be left at the service or the Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 112 N 26th St., Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Services are under the direction of the Carson-Wall Funeral Home in St. Paul.

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