Marlene A. Brown, 72, Attic, Mich., died Monday, March 14, 2016, at her home after a courageous battle with lymphoma for nearly a year.
She was born April 10, 1943, in Hays to Leo and Rita Billinger. She was a graduate of Victoria High School. She received a bachelorís degree from the University of Michigan-Flint and a masterís degree from Central Michigan University.
She married Kenneth Brown on July 29, 1964, in Plainville. He preceded her in death. They lived in Russell before moving to Michigan in the mid-1960s. They were longtime residents of Imlay City and later moved to Attica in retirement, where they have lived for 18 years. She was employed by the Imlay City School District, where she taught elementary school, primarily fourth grade. She was a high school volleyball coach for several years and also coached youth softball.
She was a member of St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Dryden.
She was strong in faith and lived her life in the service of others. Her extended family, friends and many students benefited greatly from her nature and wisdom. She found a way to reach each of her students on their terms and was able to get the best from each of them. She was twice awarded Teacher of the Year. She enjoyed Michigan Wolverines football, Kansas Jayhawks basketball, her husband, children and grandchildren, and spending time with them and celebrating their unique journeys in life.
Survivors include three sons, Edward Brown and wife, Kelly, Kokomo, Ind., Michael Brown and wife, Jill, Flower Mound, Texas, and Robert Brown and wife, Amanda, Boulder, Colo.; a daughter, Kenda Lemont and husband, Chuck, Commerce Township, Mich.; an exchange-student daughter, Kazuyo Yamashiro, Japan; four brothers, Vernon Billinger, Earl Billinger, Rich Billinger and Bill Billinger; a sister, Mary Pfeifauf; 12 grandchildren, Allison, Libbi Canady and husband, Zac, Jenni, Clayton, Alexis, Derek, Caroline, Brooke, Luke Lemont, Lauren Lemont, Dylan and Maeve; and two great-grandchildren, Haven and Abel.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Wayne Billinger.
Services were March 19 at St. Cornelius Catholic Church.
Memorials are suggested to the Kenneth and Marlene Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Kenda Lemont, 2178 Shire Ct., Commerce Township, MI, 48382.