Thelma Jane Brown

August 30, 1925February 13, 2021

Thelma Jane (T.J.) Brown, of Marco Island, Florida, died at the age of 95 on February 13, 2021. T.J. was born in the quaint farming town of Lewisburg, Ohio, on August 30, 1925; she was the daughter to the late Herb and Cleda (Ryder) Miller. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her Brothers Loren Miller, Robert Miller, Ramon Miller and Roland Miller.

She is survived by her sisters Dorothy Sommer of Vandalia, OH, Marilyn Hittle of Greenville, OH, and Brother Dale Miller (Dorothy) of Frostproof, FL. To carry on her legacy are three children- Gary Brown of Greenville, OH, Judy Brown of Fairborn, OH, and Ned Brown(Deb) of Arcanum, OH, six grandchildren- Nichole Brown Collins(Chad) of Fleming Island, FL, Hilary Deemer of Dayton, OH, Ryan Brown(Stacie) of Morrow, OH, Travis Brown(Richelle) of Bloomington, IN, Tracy Layne(Brian) of Arcanum, OH, and Tyler Landis of Columbus, OH, ten great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

T.J. retired as an educator and administrator after serving for 31 years. She was an inspiration to many, showing that with hard work and dedication dreams could be achieved. In 1985, she retired to her dream home of Marco Island, Florida, her “piece of heaven,” where she lived full-time for nearly 35 years. She stayed active with volunteering even after retirement; she started the first Great Books reading club in Marco Island and was a founding member of the Marco Island Historical Society. Besides her family, her other loves included education, gardening, cooking, fishing, boating, reading and traveling. She loved life, beauty in nature and helping others.

Per her request, memorial services will not be held, and Cremation will be followed by a Celebration of Life at a later date, including a small remembrance on Marco Island. In lieu of flowers, please donate in T.J.’s memory to the Marco Island Historical Society, 180 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island, FL 34145.

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Deborah Perkel

February 23, 2021

I was looking out the window of our new home on Marco Island when I saw this little old lady with a spring in her step marching through our backyard. She introduced herself as a friend of the previous owner. She asked if I would mind if she brought some of the workers over to pick oranges, mangoes, and avocados so they wouldn't rot on the ground. Of course I said yes and that's how TJ and I started our friendship. Unfortunately Hurricane Irma blew away all the trees so I saw TJ less frequently but we would catch up on the phone from time to time. Her spunk and generosity was such a great first memory for me of Marco Island. I will miss her.

Sheila Miles

February 18, 2021

We met TJ in 1975. She bought her condo on Marco from Bruce and was so much more than a customer, she became a part of our family.
We spent holidays together nearly every year up until she moved up to Ohio to be near her family in 2020.
We will miss her smile, sense of humor and hold her in our hearts with many cherished memories 💞
Rest In Peace TJ.
Bruce, Sheila and Troy Miles

Terra Denniston

February 17, 2021

I got to know TJ while she was living at Brookdale. We quickly found we shared the same sense of humor and had a lot of laughs together. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to know and care for her in the last few months of her life. She meant a lot to me and she’s already missed.

Raymond Donadio

February 17, 2021

Gary, I am sorry to hear about your mother's passing. May your fond memories of her carry you through this sad time.

Comprehensive Health Network

February 17, 2021

May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.
Our deepest condolences