Vola Mae Brown, 86, passed away June 19, 2019, holding my hand.
Born in Marion County on April Fool’s day 1933 to Floyd and Ida Flippo (nee Camron) of Brilliant, Ala. Dear sister of the late Floyd Flippo, Jr. She graduated from Parrish High School in 1950 and soon went to work at the Daily Mountain Eagle newspaper in Jasper. She fell in love with Johnnie C. Brown, who had just returned from a three-year internment in a Korean POW camp. They met on a Sunday and married the following Sunday and were married for 25 beautiful years until his death at age 46.
Despite unbearable grief, she taught us the power of resilience, hard work, sacrifice, and love.
She is survived by adult children that adore her, Donnie Brown and Jill Weaver (Brown) and son-in-law Bill Weaver. Cherished grandmother of Jillian Castanon, Jaime Brown, Carson Weaver and Charley Weaver. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Tommy, Anthony, Lilly and Dominic and numerous nieces and nephews. If anyone deserves the title “World’s Greatest Grandmother” it would be her.
Vola’s life was centered on family. As a 20-year Army wife and mother, she created a comforting and happy home on a shoestring every two to three years. She praised us. Supported us. Loved us. Appreciated us. Country music filled our home. Her southern cooking was always in demand. No one could make better fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, butter beans, cornbread and collard greens. Every holiday, every birthday, and every birthday cake was unforgettable. And no one celebrated Christmas bigger, brighter or with more joy. Christmas Eve without Nana will never be the same.
After retiring from a career at Borg-Warner, she turned a hobby she was passionate about into a business and opened a local doll shop to fill her interest and time. Family photography was another hobby and, just possibly, at times annoying to her family and friends. Needless to say, we are happy now to have those memories.
During the final and most challenging months of her life she was ever positive, hopeful, and thinking of others. Her life was an inspiring example of goodness and kindness, friendship, and of love and generosity toward others. We love you more. And, that is finally final.
Visitation and memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. until time of memorial service at 11:30 a.m. at Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, 1240 Waukegan Rd, Glenview, IL 60025. www.nhscotthanekamp.com.
Interment will be private.
If you’d like to honor Vola, please consider donating blood at your local blood donation center.
Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, Glenview, Ill.; 847-998-1020