OBITUARY

Vivian Maurine Brown Clower

August 2, 1932December 18, 2012

Vivian Maurine Brown Clower passed away peacefully in her home at The Clower Farm in Bleiblerville, Texas on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012. She was surrounded by loving family and friends. Maurine, nicknamed “Sweetheart,” was born on August 2, 1932 in Beaumont, Texas to Maurine and Ellis Brown, where she spent her childhood. After graduating from South Park High School, she attended Stephens College and Finishing School in Missouri and then returned to Beaumont to complete her degree at Lamar Tech. There she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Southern Belles and met and married the love of her life, the president of his senior class and star football player, Doug Clower. Being the wife of a now Navy fighter pilot, she moved with their daughter Virginia, known as “Ginny,” often, and in each community she was loved by all and was looked upon as a leader. She had a special gift for making people feel loved and welcomed in her life. On November 19th, 1967, her husband Doug was shot down while flying fighter CAP and was taken prisoner of the Vietnam War for five years. During that time she was the glue that held together her family and the wives of the other POW’s. After Doug, now a highly decorated war hero and recipient of multiple medals of valor, was released, Sweetheart moved with her husband to Houston. There she worked with special needs children in the Spring Branch School District. Upon retirement the couple moved to Bleiblerville, Texas and established The Clower Farm where they lived out the rest of their lives in peace, love and serving others. Sweetheart was president and a long-time active member of the West End TEEA, and in the 1980’s was the creator of their annual Taster’s Luncheon. She was known to many as a very artistic, creative and graceful Southern Belle as well as an excellent cook and homemaker. She was a long-standing member of the Welcome Lutheran Church near Brenham, Texas and the Eastern Star. As a RAP mentor at the West End Elementary School in Industry, Texas, she continued to reach out to children in need. She was known for doing everything she did well, and was an inspiration to people of all ages. This is especially true in light of enduring the hardship of the recent deaths of her husband, mother and daughter in less than a year’s time. Sweetheart was preceded in death by her beloved husband Claude Douglas Clower, her parents, Maurine and Ellis Brown of Vidor, Texas, and her daughter, Virginia Dyer of Port Arthur, Texas. She is survived by her two grandsons, Michael Douglas Dyer and his wife Sarah of Alvin, Texas and Joseph Ellis Dyer and Amanda of Alvin, Texas, her sister, Debra Brown Garcia MD and her husband Jesus of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is also survived by her five adored great-granddaughters who called her “Darlin”: Caroline Maurine Dyer, Allyson Marie Dyer, Shelby Elizabeth Dyer, Ellisa Marie Dyer and Madison Brooke Dyer as well as many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and their spouses and many adoring friends. A memorial service for Sweetheart will be held at the Welcome Lutheran Church near Brenham, Texas on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 6 p,m. On December 22, 2012 visitation will be held at the Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Beaumont at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m.. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Welcome Lutheran Church Memorial Fund for Maurine Clower.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, December 22, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, December 22, 2012
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Vivian Maurine Brown Clower

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Anne Bruce

January 1, 2013

Sweetheart and I lost our husbands on the same day and we have shared many phone visits since that time; I was shocked to her of her passing. She was such a kind and gentle soul. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Anne Bruce, Phoenix

Frank Parker

December 28, 2012

What can we say about Maurine Clower that will express the depth of our love for her and tell the depth of her love for her family and friends? This great lady endured the years of uncertainty while her man was a prisoner of war for over 5 years, while spending her time helping other POW wives to make it through this ordeal. She was faithful, loyal, and the epitome of what a wife should be. Maurine... Doug flew west first, and now you have joined him. We all hope to some day see you two again and renew the wonderful times that we had while in your presence. Until that time, we will miss you terribly.

Deborah Bauers

December 23, 2012

Wonderful photo of your sister, Deb. You've been in my thoughts and prayers many times over the past few days and will continue to be in the days ahead. See you soon.

December 22, 2012

Sweetheart was one of the kindest people I ever met. You are all in my thoughts and prayers Marian Head

Delta Kolajajak RN CHPN, Hospice Brazos Valley

December 21, 2012

Dear Family,
You are in my thoughts & prayers. You all pulled together as a family & provided excellent care to Mrs. Clower. She loved her family & friends, she will be missed dearly in our community & our church. God Bless You.

December 21, 2012

Maurine and Doug were the first people we met when we moved to the Industry, Texas area. They took us under their wing and introduced us to many others in this area and always made us feel loved and welcome. We will miss Maurine so much, the way she called us all "Babe" and her gentile way. Rest in peace Maurine. We love you. Janet and Roy Smith

Debra Garcia

December 21, 2012

Family and friends who would like to make a donation to The Welcome Lutheran Church Maurine Memorial Fund can mail these to:
Welcome Lutheran Church
13636 FM 109
Brenham, TX 77833

Debra Garcia

December 20, 2012

Thank you to all the family and friends for your love and prayers and especially for the great love and honor you have shown to my big sister, Sweetheart.

FROM THE FAMILY