Betty Graves Brown
Betty Graves Brown, a longtime resident of New Orleans, passed away peacefully on August 26, 2019 at the age of 88. She was born in Picayune, Mississippi on April 10, 1931 to Virgil Bass Graves and Ethel Lankford Graves and was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Virgil Bass Graves, Jr. and James “Buddy” Isaac Graves.
Betty graduated from Mississippi Southern in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She spent most of her adult life in New Orleans, was a business woman, homemaker, and a member of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church. She was an active member of the Orleans Club, and a member of Le Petit Salon. She was also on the board of directors of the Crosby Arboretum. She was a founder and member of the Milbrook Country Club in Picayune, Mississippi. Her enjoyment of reading and knowledge of current affairs made for a lively conversation at any given time.
She is survived by her son Thomas Bolton Fortier Brown (Katherine) and their three children Louisa, Beatrice and Caroline, as well as step children Hyland Brown Justice (Hal), Charles L. Brown III, M.D. (Kathryn), and Marilynn R. Brown. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 10:00 am at New Palestine Cemetary in Picayune, Mississippi under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home. Dr. Brad Arnett will officiate the service. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 State Street, New Orleans, officiated by Sarah Chancellor-Watson. Her family would like to especially thank the caregivers at Lambeth House for their faithful attention and loving care during the past 10 years. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, New Orleans, Louisiana and the Crosby Arboretum, Picayune, Mississippi.
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