Rose Marie Brown

February 16, 1929July 7, 2018

Funeral Mass for Rose Marie “Rosie” Nelson Brown will be at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 625 Airport Road Huntsville, Alabama on July 10th at 10:00 am with the Rev. Michael Mac Mahon Officiating and Roselawn Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be one hour before mass at Holy Spirit. A private burial service for the family will be later. Mrs. Brown passed away on July 7th, 2018. She was born on February 16, 1929 in Memphis, Tennessee and is the daughter of William Thomas Nelson and Mildred Mary Brunner Nelson. Mrs. Brown was a devoted wife to her husband of 54 years, James E. Brown Jr., who passed away in 2003. She was a devoted mother and is survived by her eight children. Susan Brown Lowery (Dennis) of Mobile, Alabama, Rose Ann Brown Paschmeyer (Michael) of Bremen, Germany, Nancy Brown McKee of Franklin, Tennessee, Sandra Brown Whitaker (Don) of Arab, Alabama, James “Jimmy” E. Brown III of Senatobia, Mississippi, Michael A. Brown (Jane) of Huntsville, Alabama, Teresa Brown, Thomas H. Brown (Debra) of Henderson, Nevada. Mrs. Brown was pre-deceased by her husband of three years, Allen Tolley of Huntsville, Alabama. She is also survived by her two sisters, Doris Nelson DeSantis and Alice Nelson Thornton of Memphis, Tennessee. Rosie was a devoted Grammy to her nineteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She also has numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved very much. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Baddour Center, PO Box 69, Senatobia, MS 38668.


  • Susan Brown Lowery, Daughter
  • Rose Ann Brown Paschmeyer, Daughter
  • Nancy Brown McKee, Daughter
  • Sandra Brown Whitaker, Daughter
  • James "Jimmy" E. Brown III, Son
  • Michael A. Brown, Son
  • Teresa Brown, Daughter
  • Thomas H. Brown, Son
  • Doris Nelson DeSantis, Sister
  • Alice Nelson Thornton, Sister


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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Véronique Stickdorn

July 14, 2018

To the Brown Family,
my best friend Rose Ann has always told me what a wonderful mother she had, how much she admired her and loved her. Unfortunately, I never had the chance to meet her. She for sure must have been a wonderful person to have raised such an incredible daughter.

Bless you all.

Véronique Stickdorn

Susan Lowery

July 10, 2018

Mom's greatest accomplishment, her greatest joy, her greatest memories and proudest moments came from her family.
All of our lives we'd hear "Rose Marie, she is the sweetest and kindest lady. She always has a smile and something nice to say" She was a wonderful cook, seamstress, Homemaker, Sunday school teacher, mail carrier, typist, bookkeeper, writer, but most of all a Wife, Mother, Aunt Rosie and Grammy.
She began a beautiful young and spirited girl who love music, sports, skating, and dancing. I believe the first times she met my dad was throwing him a baseball. They began their lives in Memphis, TN and six states and seven children later they settled in Alabama on the Shady Eighty Ranch where Jimmy Brown could be a farmer and where my mom had to quickly learn to be a farmer's wife. She went from City Gal to learning to grow a garden, can pickles, pull corn, harvest hay, raise cows and finally grow pecans.
My parents were married for over 54 years but like most relationships there were a few rocky roads but with my dad's wit and Moms spunk, they made it through. Recently Mom told me "I haven't seen or hear from your Dad in a long time" I explained he was busy at working out of town and would call soon. Mom replied, "Well, I may not answer the phone and let him worry a little bit!"
Mom tried to teach all of us good manners, especially us girls how to be "Lady Like". Most importantly she taught was never, NEVER go out without your hair fix and make-up on. She'd say "A little powder, a little paint, makes you look like what you ain't."
My mom shared with us her faith daily. At Christmas time she had her unique way of keeping Christ in Christmas. The manger was always the 1st Christmas decoration. It included all but baby Jesus. Santa put him in his crib.
Remember Mom in the kitchen with her apron whipping up her famous pizza. Remember her Cheerful greetings which often included a seemingly unending hug and her send offs "Be careful and Call when you get there".

Michael Paschmeyer

July 10, 2018

My dear Family
First I want to express my regrets to all of you. It is a very hard time to lose such a wonderful person like your mother was and always will be. She was not just a very special mother to you, she was a very special, very nice and always helpful person to all of us and very special to me.
My children Christian, Daniel and Philip and I will always miss her. I remember all the times when we went home to see you all and your mother AND father. How nice we were treated and how much fun we had. You´re mother always made our children and me feel very welcome. A very special sign to someone who kidnapped her daughter and pulled her away from her family.
I hope you all stick together and help each other in this very hard period of time. Your parents are back together in heaven and watch over all of us.
May god be with all of you.

Hope to see you all back healthy some day.
Wish you all the strength you need to overcome all this.
With much love

She made the best damn pizza I ever ate …

David Nelson

July 9, 2018

First and foremost Aunt Rosie was nothing but great to me love her for that and my condolences go out to the family and friends I will never forget her just a great person Aunt Rosie you will be missed RIP