Ina Jean Bingham Brown

April 7, 1929January 28, 2013

Brown, Ina Jean, age 83, of Dayton passed away peacefully at her home on January 28, 2013. Most beloved mother, step mother, sister, aunt, cousin, grandmother, and friend. Ina moved to Dayton from Barbourville, KY in the early 1950’s to start a better life for her daughter and family. She was the owner of Brownstone Realty and a longtime resident of Dayton. Ina was known as Mrs. Brown in the neighborhood and Ma Brown at the farmer’s market. She was a truly phenomenal woman who helped countless people who loved, admired, and respected her. She was a humanitarian and compassionate animal lover. The family gives special thanks to Linda Mason who cared for her tirelessly and to The Hospice of Dayton. A funeral service will be held at TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME- BELMONT CHAPEL on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Hospice of Dayton or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at


  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ina Jean Bingham Brown

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David Bishop

February 11, 2013

Ina was a true friend to so many people and a caretaker of women who needed a good place to reside. I initially met Ina Jean in 1984 at a bible study at her dining room table. A member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Warren "Driver was an ordained pastor,second chair violionist, and teacher at our study. After experiencing a burgulary, she asked me if I would move into her home and provide private security for her and her residents. I agreed and we quickly became close friends. She would normally have everyone at her eavening table and on special occasions, enjoy her Beef, could she ever cook up a good meal with the help of her very close friend, Emma Heinz. Emma would frequently play the grand piano and Ina Jean would occasionally have weddings or members of the Philharmonic play for Historic Home Tours held in the home at 123 Yale Ave Ballroom. Ina Jean was always a most gracious hostess and everyone who knew her loved her. To me she was like a second mother, a best friend, an advisor, and very sensitive to Christian values. Grace Methodist and another downtown Dayton Methodist Church would offer various programs which she enjoyed. In 2006, I moved to California and back to New Hampshire in 2009 but I always tried to call her around Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter which were three holidays she went all out to celebrate. I will never forget the year she had a ten foot christmas tree with moving ornaments and ten other smaller christmas trees throughout the house. She had a number of cats that she treated like royality and after a number of years held a huge parrot cage with numerous parrots on the celerium next to the piano room. When i lived there from 84 to around 94, she managed about 22 homes she owned and rented out as part of Brownstone Realty which she owned and managed. I will deeply miss you Ina Jean and look forward to seeing you again in Heaven. Ina held a strong love of Jesus Christ and was a Born Again Christian which radiated to most people who shared such wonderful convictions. Her daily life was a ministry to those who were in need of a place to live. Ina Jean legacy is that she was a woman who loved God with all her heart. I will miss her deeply and share her daughters loss. May God be with Brenda as He has been with her mother. God bless you Brenda in this hour of grief. You are so blessed to have had such a wonderful mother.

Robin Bachman

February 7, 2013

Brenda, please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Brown was a lovely lady. With sympathy, Robin Bachman

February 6, 2013

Ina Jean and I were members of the Association of Women Executives in the late 70's and continuing on for many years. She was truly a "bright spirit". We used to have wonderful parties in the ballroom at her beautiful home.

I am sorry I wasn't able to be at the funeral. I had to undergo serious dental surgery. If I can be of any assistance to you, please let me know.

Mary K. C. Soter
Attorney at Law
5518 North Main Street
Dayton, OH 45415-3455

Elmer Bray

February 1, 2013

Ms Brown was loved by the entire neighborhood.She gave much to people in need and was one of the most honest persons that i have ever known.I did all of her lawn mowing. She will be sadly missed but rembered by all as we loved her very much. Elmer Bray 16 Yale Avenue Dayton,Oh.

Vurniece Jackson

January 31, 2013

Your Mom was my first landlord and I couldn't have asked for a better one. I was so proud to be in her building--one on the Historical Register in Dayton.

Even though I moved out in 1999, after more than 10 years there, I continued to keep in contact with her because she was one of the finest and sweetest women I've known; and she did so many kind things for so many.

I know you heart is heavy right now, but take comfort in the memories of her that will always be with you.


January 31, 2013

Dear Brenda,
My deepest condolences upon the loss of your Mother. I am so very saddened for your loss, and can only hope and pray that amidst this time of grief your heart may feel solace in your memories and moments of miracles! You have been such a wonderful daughter, and there is just no doubt that your Mother's new Angel Wings will envelop and bring you Comfort and Guidance each day of your Life! May your Angel bring you Strength on this day! May you feel her Love and Gratitude!

I am so sorry that the weather made it too risky to travel with Paul from Cleveland to be with you today, but please know that I am with you in Spirit, especially during the time of your Memorial Service today.

With deepest sympathy,

Carrie Deanna Mills McKenzie

January 31, 2013

I have many fond memories of Aunt Jean. Although I haven't seen her since the last Mills family reunion she attended, I think of her often. She will be missed.

Teresa Brandt

January 30, 2013

Jean was a wonderful neighbor and great lady! She was one of the first to make me feel welcome in Historic Dayton View when I moved in in 1988. Over the years I got to know her better and appreciated her generosity in opening both her heart and great home for the neighborhood's benefit. I remember many a call from Jean keeping me abreast of goings on around her while I served as President of DVHA and I was honored to be the recipient of many great stories about the area. Sometimes months would pass and we didn't talk, but I could always count on a new story when we finally talked again! I will miss her, but am glad she is safe and well in God's loving arms! Next time I have a cup of tea I will remember those she and I shared!