By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Patria Watson Brown died at her home in Carthage Thursday, a month shy of her 100th birthday.
She was born in Coffey, Ky., and moved to Cincinnati with her family when she was 14.
She married a Coffey man when she was 16 and they moved to Oklahoma, but after two years she returned to Cincinnati and divorced.
In 1925, she married Omar Louis Brown, a widower and a streetcar conductor. Mrs. Brown worked for General Box Co. of St. Bernard from 1923 to 1929, when the company closed because of the Depression. She was rehired in 1937.
After General Box closed for good in 1958, Mrs. Brown worked at the former Drake Hospital until she retired at age 62.
She was active in the Carthage Church of the Nazarene for 75 years. Living next door to the church, she was entrusted with the church's keys and people came to her if they had business with church.
At age 80, she traveled to the Church of the Eleuthera Islands in the Bahamas to help build a church building.
Mrs. Brown participated in the Hamilton County Fair for 10 years with her daughter and granddaughters. She won Best of Show ribbons at least five times in addition to numerous first-, second- and third-place ribbons for her homegrown canned food and flowers.
"She was one of the best cooks in the valley and was known for her chicken and dumplings," said her son, Aubrey Hadley of Evendale. "She was a person who believed in taking care of everybody; she didn't ask anyone to take care of her. She paid her own way."
She planted her last garden in 2002 and canned 44 quarts of beans, 25 quarts of applesauce, 12 quarts of beets and five pints of relish. That same year, she picked two gallons of blackberries at Rouster's Apple Farm in Milford and canned them for her grandson.
She liked to travel and took a five-day cruise aboard the Mississippi Queen from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh when she was 95.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years in 1980; a daughter, Margie French in 2000; a son, Louis in 2001; granddaughters, Linda Hadley Coyan in 1991 and Kathleen Brown Cordell in 2002; and a great-grandson, Troy Hadley in 2001.
In addition to her son, survivors include a stepson, Roscoe Brown of Newtown; a sister, Deva Robbins of California; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hodapp Funeral Home, 7401 Vine St., Carthage. The funeral is 10 a.m. Tuesdayat Carthage Church of the Nazarene, 33 W. 65th Street, Carthage.
Memorials: Carthage Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 17129, Cincinnati, OH 45217.
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