Billy Ann Brown was born June 20, 1928 in Alva OK. She passed away peacefully in Norman, OK on December 6, 2014.
She was the
second daughter of William L. and Anna Margaret Shanahan
Eller. She attended catholic school in Alva, Oklahoma. She was
a 1949 graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She
worked for several years at McClure Insurance Agency before
becoming secretary to the President of Northwestern Oklahoma
State University. In September 1955 Billy Ann married Robert
L. Brown of Alva. During their early years of marriage they
moved around Oklahoma, Texas & Montana on a seismograph crew.
In 1962 they moved to Norman and she began working at the
University of Oklahoma for Dr. Cedomir M. Sliepcevich, associate
dean of the College of Engineering. After 31 Years at OU she
Billy Ann was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church for over 50 years. Billy Ann was very devoted to her Catholic faith. She received St. Joseph the Worker award in 1987. In 1988 she was named Outstanding Woman of the Year by St. Joseph’s Woman Club. She was active in the Women’s Club and St. Monica’s Guild. She served as Eucharistic Minister for a number of years. She served on the Parish Council at St. Joseph Catholic Church and held various offices with the Women’s Club, St. Monica’s Guild and Altrusa Club of Norman. She was also very active in Altrusa Club of Norman, a professional business woman’s organization. In 1995/96 she received the Marie Pickel Award from Altrusa Club of Norman. She volunteered as IRS Tax Assistant; Board of Directors for RSVP and AARP.
Billy Ann’s pride and joy was raising her three daughters. She was extremely proud of her Irish heritage. After retirement Billy Ann enjoyed spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren’s activities.
Billy Ann is preceded in death by her husband Robert “Bob” L. Brown in 1995, her parents William & Anna Eller, sister Mary Olive Cromwell.
Billy Ann is survived by three daughters, Lucy
Ann Brown, of Norman, Mary Margaret Moore and husband Guerry
Moore of Edmond; Patricia Kay (Trish) Andrews and her husband
Mark Andrews of Norman. Six grandchildren, Meredith Snavely of
Los Angeles, California; Bobby Jack, Brandon Jack, Bryan Jack,
Erin Andrews all of Norman and Patrick Andrews of San Antonio,
Tx. One great-granddaughter, Emerson Olive Snavely of Los
Angeles, California. She is survived by many other family
members, nieces, nephews and friends.
Prayer Vigil will be held Monday, December 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Havenbrook Funeral home. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Norman OK.
Burial will be
St. Joseph Catholic
Cemetery, Norman, OK
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 421 E. Acres, Norman, OK 73071.
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