This is my grandma's cousin, Dean Barnett Brown. She died on December 30, 2007 at the age of 78. I have recently been contacted by a Dunn cousin who found my website. He put me in touch with his mother and last night I talked to his uncle. I will blog about our conversations later. Right now I am soaking in their voices of "home". I will tell you that I feel more connected to my Dunn side than ever before. Anyway, we found out Dean died. Her mother was Mamie Dunn Barnett and her father was Charlie Barnett. She was born and raised at Comanche, OK. When I was a little girl my grandma took me to her house to visit Aunt Mamie. Dean was caring for her. We went into this little house with sparse furnishings. It was the cleanest house I had ever seen. We sat on a vinyl couch or devan in the front room while my grandma visited with her cousins, Dean and Inez. Then my grandma took us into the next room where her Aunt Mamie lay dying. Her bed was in the corner with a little table and a chair next to it. The floor was linoleum and it was sparkling clean. I can still see Aunt Mamie, she was small and her hands looked like my grandma's. She had dark skin and long white hair. I thought she was very pretty.
The 2nd Aunt Mamie
Mamie Dunn Barnett
I found Dean's obit in the Duncan Banner:
The Duncan BannerJanuary 2, 2008 Angie Verdean ‘Dean’ Brown
COMANCHE — Angie Verdean “Dean” Brown 78, of Comanche, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, in Waurika. Memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Ray of Hope Church with Dow Pannell officiatingToday, I found her obit from the Dudley Funeral Home:
Angie Verdean Barnett Brown, seventy-eight, of Waurika, Oklahoma, passed from this life December 30, 2007, in the Jefferson County Hospital. She was born November 5, 1929, in Comanche, Oklahoma, to Charley and Mamie Dunn Barnett. She attended Comanche High School up to her junior year when she dropped out to marry Bob Brown. Mrs. Brown was a lifelong resident of Comanche, except for a year and a half when she moved around with Mr. Brown while he worked in the oilfields. She was a charter member of the Comanche Rebekah Lodge, a member of the Womens' Club, the 49er's Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Lions Club. She worked at Opal's Style Shop, the drugstore on Main Street, and owned two flower shops - one in 1974 named the Comanche Tepee and one in the '80s called Dean's Flowers. She was preceded in death by her mother in 1971, her father in 1962, her beloved husband in 1996, and a grandson who died at birth. Survivors include: her son Daniel Brown and his wife of Duncan, OK; her daughter Robbie and her husband Bret Bernethy of Waurika, OK; two grandchildren - Krystal Henderson of Comanche, OK, and Robert Wayne Davis of Comanche, OK; three great-grandchildren - James Matthew Smith, Whitney Lynn Davis, and Mason Luke Houston; one brother-in-law - Jack Brown of Comanche, OK; two nieces - Debbie Carr and Sandi Odom; and several cousins including Wilma Fitzgerald and Linda Bailey. A memorial service for Mrs. Brown will be at 1:30 PM, Tuesday, January 3, 2008, at the Ray of Hope Church in Comanche with Dow Pannell officiating.
Happy Grandma's Day.