Mary Frances Tinsley Brown

October 15, 1927February 15, 2014

Mary Frances (Tinsley) Brown passed away on February 15, 2014 in Midland. She was 86 years old. A rosary vigil will be held Wednesday, February 19th at St. Ann’s Catholic Church at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, February 20th at 2 PM at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church with Fr. Warren III officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Mary Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Warren Jr. and is survived by four children: daughters Carolyn Anne Hobby and fiancé Wallace H. Craig of Midland; Melanie Elaine Young and husband Scott of Dallas; sons Paul Tinsley Brown of Midland and Rev. Warren A. Brown, III, OMI, of San Antonio and Rome, Italy. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Sarah Hernandez and husband Jason, Andrew Hobby, Taylor Young, Audrey Young and Mitchell Young, and two great-grandchildren, Warren and Harvey Hernandez. She also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mary Frances was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on October 15, 1927 to Shelley Scott and Jewel (Cook) Tinsley who have preceded her in death. Mary Frances’ only sibling was her older sister, Margaret Leschper who also predeceased her. When she was eight years old the family moved from Shreveport to live near Ruston, Louisiana in the community of Cooktown where everyone was related to Mary Frances and members of the Cook family. The family was involved in farming, and their social activity revolved around Cooktown Baptist Church. She said that one of those who made the biggest impression on her was her grandmother, who everyone called “Ma Fish”, a woman with a lot of style. Mary Frances graduated from Ruston High School in 1945 and later from Louisiana Tech University (then Louisiana Polytechnic Institute) in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She had several teaching assignments in small towns near Ruston where she taught a variety of children from different backgrounds. She traveled to New Orleans with some teacher friends for summer work in department stores in 1952 and got a job with the California Company where she met her future husband, Warren Austin Brown, Jr. Mary Frances and Warren married in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 19, 1953. Warren was working for Texaco and they lived a few years in New Orleans and New Iberia, LA., and then Fort Worth, TX., before they finally were transferred by Texaco to Midland in 1959. Mary Frances was an active member in the community including St. Ann’s parish and school, participating in many church activities and ministries; she was a member and president of the St Ann’s Altar Society, volunteered in the gift shop, taught CCD and sang for many years in St. Ann’s Choir. After all her children had begun school she taught elementary school with the Midland Independent School District at DeZavala, Travis and Jones elementary schools from 1969-1990 and organized the planting of trees at Anson Jones elementary school prior to her retirement. She was active in Scouting serving as a den mother for Cub Scouts and a Girl Scouts leader; she served many years on the Midland County Child Welfare Board, and participated in the American Association of University Women, Texaco Wives, and the Midland Teachers Retirement Association. Mary Frances found joy in corresponding with Warren’s large family and enjoyed working with her hands sewing, painting ceramics, quilting and scrapbooking. She and Warren enjoyed many years of traveling after they both retired and spending time with family and friends at their beautiful cabin home in the David Mountain Resort. The family wishes to thank her doctors that were so caring especially Dr. James Carrell, DDS, and the loving staff at Manor Park that cared for Mary Frances over the past years keeping her active and supplied with arts and crafts, dominos and bingo games. We wish to thank the St Ann’s and St. Stephen’s staff and parishioners for providing a way for her to continue to practice her faith with weekly masses and communion. Pallbearers will be Scott Young, Mitchell Young, Andrew Hobby, Jason Hernandez, Scott Bowman and Terry Blair. Memorials can be made to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, 327 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, TX 78216 or to the Village at Manor Park, 2208 N Loop 250 West, Midland, TX 79707 or to your favorite charity. Services are entrusted with Ellis Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at


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Thomas Kenny

March 1, 2014

Mary Frances was one of my favorite people! She will be remembered for her children and especially her husband, Warren Jr.

February 20, 2014

Melanie and family, I am sorry to hear about the death of your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Kevin and Yvonne Newman

February 20, 2014

My sympathy to all the Brown family. I have fond memories of the years Mary Frances and I taught first grade together at Anson Jones Elementary. She truly cared about her friends and all her little students. She will be missed. Jane Breining
Boerne, Texas

February 20, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time. My mom knew Mary Frances for a long time ago when Warren was in San Juan TX. I am sure she and Mary Frances are sharing stories in heaven right now. Love, Angie & Bill Skoglund

Jill Fant

February 20, 2014

My prayers for your families, Warren, Carolyn, Paul and Melanie. I have very fond memories of your mom and entire family. Growing up next door, as a child, was a wonderful experience. Your mom always made me feel welcome. Your home was my 2nd home!
Praying for comfort for all of you.

Tiffany Floyd

February 19, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you Carolyn for the loss of your mother.

Amy Kenny

February 19, 2014

My mom called to tell me that Aunt Frances had died and I was very sad to hear it. I have many great memories from all different stages of my life of Aunt Mary Frances and the Warren Brown II family. Warren, Carolyn, Paul, and Melanie, I have been thinking of you all and wish you peace, comfort, and much love at this difficult time.

Elaine Dunlap

February 19, 2014

Sending my deepest sympathy.

February 19, 2014

So sorry for your loss. Really enjoyed knowing her.
Mary Anna Cromwell Evans