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Marguerite Schaaf Brown

August 24, 1932 ~ July 7, 2020 (age 87)


Marguerite Schaaf Brown was born in New York, NY, on August 24, 1932, the first child of Frederick and Margie Schaaf. Marguerite spent her childhood in New York City and Long Island, graduating from the Dominican Commercial High School in Brooklyn with an emphasis in Business in 1950. It was during these years that she developed her life-long love for the NY Giants football team and for the NY Yankees.  She worked various office jobs as an administrative assistant in NY, supplemented by frequent modeling jobs, before moving to North Carolina in 1954.

There, she met and married James (Jim) Barton Brown in 1958, beginning a life lived in North Carolina and Virginia. She worked for many years for Richclean in Richmond, VA, and spent many years serving as a Boy Scout Den mother, classroom helper, and school library assistant. She enjoyed camping in the many parks throughout NC and VA, seeing her family at annual trips to the Poconos, and relaxing at the Outer Banks in NC every summer.

After retirement, Marguerite moved to Iowa to be near her grandchildren, living in West Des Moines from 2003 to 2014. While there, she enjoyed her grandkids’ football and baseball games, their concerts, recitals, and art displays, plus attending many graduations, birthdays, and holiday parties. Marguerite also liked to prepare meals and hand down her favorite recipes, especially for cheese straws and for beer cheese! She also traveled frequently, with trips to Vienna, Austria, the Alaskan Passage, Mt. Rushmore, Las Vegas, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach. From 2014 till 2020, she resided with her family in Broomfield, CO.

Marguerite passed on July 7, 2020, at the age of 87, at home with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jim and by her younger brothers Robert and Richard Schaaf. Marguerite is survived by her son James Barton Brown, Jr., (Pam) and grandchildren Melissa (Gary) Wheeler, Rice (Kimberly) Owens, Victoria (Travis) Schroh, and Gabe Brown. She is also survived by her daughter Barbara Jean Brown and grand-daughter Lexi. Marguerite got to meet and spend time with 5 great-grandchildren and was always grateful for her many wonderful nieces and nephews.

A Life Celebration will be held in the Spring, travel permitting.

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