In Memoriam

Sister Cecilia Marie Brown, OP


Sister Cecilia Marie Brown, formerly known as Barbara Jane Mary Brown, died on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 95 years of age and in the 76th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Cecilia Marie was born in Rockford, Illinois, to William and Grace (Taylor) Brown. She graduated from Bishop Muldoon High School in Rockford and received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in guidance, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister ministered for 18 ½ years in elementary education in Detroit, Flint, Grosse Pointe Farms, Rockwood, and Walled Lake, Michigan; 11 years in elementary education in Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Loves Park, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, and Rolling Meadows, Illinois; and two years as elementary school principal in Jefferson and two years as elementary school principal in Darlington, both in Wisconsin. Sister also ministered for 18 years in several programs for senior citizens in Rockford, Bartlett, and Sycamore, Illinois. 

Sister Cecilia Marie became a resident at Weber Center in Adrian, in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Cecilia Fay and Marilyn Brown, OP (Adrian Dominican Sister William Marie); and two brothers, Gordon and Robert. She is survived by a sister, Rosemary Naill of Winnebago, Illinois, and loving nieces and nephews.

Rite of Committal (burial) was held on Monday, January 7, 2019, in the Congregation cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center.

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.



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Center: First Holy Communion. Right: Discerning her vocation

Left: The Brown family: standing, from left, Sister Marilyn Brown, Gordon Brown, Rosemary Naill, Cecilia Fay, Bob Brown, and Sister Cecilia Marie Brown; and seated, from left, Grace and William Brown, the parents

From left: From left, Sisters Joan Marie Weithman, Jane Quirk, Cecilia Marie Brown, and Alice Anne Van Acker, Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, circa 1980s. Sister Cecilia Marie entertains Sisters at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian during a special program in 2013.

Left: Celebrating 75 years of religious life in 2017 are: Standing from left, Sisters Patricia Siemen (Prioress), Maureen Therese Masuga, Cecilia Marie Brown, and Miriam Joseph Lekan; and seated, from left, Sisters Carol Louise Hiller, Virginia O’Reilly, and Mary Willard Reagan.

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