Viola C. Brown

Born on May 29, 1931

Departed on August 22, 2016 and resided in Franklin, TN

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Vi was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1931, in the middle of the depression, when material things were few and far between, but she never felt deprived.  She was the only girl in her family of 4 much older brothers, and the baby of two Scottish parents who immigrated to America in 1922.  She met her future husband, Jerome (or Jerry) on the bus in Detroit, while she was a young secretary.  They started their life with 1000 dollars and 49 Chevy Coupe.   While they were in Detroit she had her first two children, Pamela and Jim, three years apart

They remained in Detroit until her husband got work with Chrysler and the whole family packed up and moved to Florida.  They were a space race family, with dad working on the rockets that later became crucial to the Space Program, and mom supporting him all the way.   She was a typical 60’s wife and mom with two children, and a dog; there was ALWAYS a dog.   Fast forward 10 years and the baby of the family, Carol Ann was born.  Mom’s life changed drastically from being cub scout den mother, Girl Scout volunteer and chauffer, to taking care of the new baby. Mom’s description was “we were lucky and proud to show off our family at church or wherever we went as a unit”.

Vi kept the family gears turning while dad finished college and worked full time.  Mom always instilled in us honesty and loves for each other, along with, in her words, the mundane things like washing dishes (Carol Ann’s favorite), keeping your room clean, and taking pride in yourself and your home.  Of course this continued for all of us as we became adults, and Pamela lovingly says, “mom, loves to scold”.   Once your mom, always your mom.

Mom went back to work in the mid seventies and had a career in the banking industry, when banks were more personal than they are today.  She retired in the early 1990s’ and then Dad retired.  They had big plans to travel the world. Mom and dad were able to do just that for a little over a year, until Jerry died from a short battle with cancer, but I think mom won on that ‘short battle’ department – 18 days takes the cake – thank you, Jesus.

Mom was always proud of her children, always loved them, no matter what, good times and bad.  Her family was her life, and knowing we will be here to take care of each other was what she wanted and needed to know.  We will, mom!   Not to mention she often bragged about her 6 grandchildren, David, Julianne, Luke, Sam, Joanna and Alexandra, and her GREAT Grandchild, Emma.

In the days after her passing, it has been a comforting reminder of how many lives she has touched in her lifetime.  Things we have long forgotten about in the daily routine of our lives, friends, family and relatives have shared with us their one special memory.  It has meant the world to us all.




14 Comments to Mrs. Viola C. Brown

  1. Jean Stewart
    August 26, 2016 11:55 am

    Sincere sympathy

  2. Dot Parrish & Betty Harris
    August 26, 2016 1:12 pm

    We at Windsor Park will miss her

  3. Heather Lovell
    August 27, 2016 8:27 am

    She celebrated her time on earth in a way only “the Nimlin’s” knew how…Smiling and enjoying life all along the way. I am glad to have had her as my aunt! Sincere sympathies to my cousins, sending warm thoughts and prayers to help you during these sad days.

  4. Missy Rudman
    August 27, 2016 3:28 pm

    May she rest in peace. Always enjoyed our chats at meetings.

    Missy Rudman
    Williamson County Newcomers

  5. Nell Elliott
    August 27, 2016 11:02 pm

    A dear friend, Vi, is missed. So many great memories to think about, over and over. Too, much love goes out to you, her beautiful family. Keep enjoying your memories of her happiness. With love and sympathy.

  6. Cindy Vermut
    August 28, 2016 12:10 am

    Loved reading this! So sorry for your loss.

  7. Carol & Norm Pictor
    August 28, 2016 2:06 pm

    Vi was a great neighbor and friend – always smiling. She will be missed.

  8. Penny Nelms
    August 28, 2016 2:50 pm

    I loved Vi. She always had a smile on her face, and when we would meet in the driveway outside our our houses (mine is 119) we always found something to laugh about. When she discovered “Doc Martin” and I had I to, we did have a lot to laugh about. When she went to England to go and see where the show was taped I was cautiously excited for her.

    I loved your Mom, her heart, her love for her children and grandchildren, her sense of adventure. Her kindness towards me. I won’t be there tomorrow, but I will be in spirit. I will miss your Mom, and our little neighborhood won’t be the same.

  9. Royandjanehouston
    August 28, 2016 4:17 pm

    Vi was always so happy and will be missed in the neighborhood! Blessings and prayers to her family!
    Jane and Roy Houston!

  10. Ed Jordan
    August 29, 2016 9:17 am

    Vi, A close friend for 15 years, will miss our talks, luncheons and emails. When I heard the sad news it was like losing a member of my family. Son and family were shocked to hear the news. Will miss looking over at the Condo and not seeing Vi walking the dog.

    Sincere Sympathy
    Ed Jordan

  11. Ruth Shannon
    August 30, 2016 12:08 pm

    Vi has always been one of my very favorite people and I will miss her enthusiasm, her smile, and our conversations. My sympathy to the family. With love from a friend and neighbor, Ruth Shannon

  12. Michelle E.
    August 31, 2016 12:29 am

    My sincere condolences at the loss of your dear grandmother. May these promises comfort you. Jehovah God is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. And he will wipe away the tears from all faces. Psalms 34:18; Isaiah 25:8. Peace be with you dear family.

  13. Jeff Flynn
    September 4, 2016 2:09 pm

    Condolences from the Flynn’s in Louisiana. Our mom, Pat (Maguire) Flynn, always spoke so fondly of her cousin Viola.

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