Sunday, January 29, 2012

My sweet mom turns 80. . .

Joanne Lois Brown

Born 27 January 1932
in Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois
to George Arthur Brown of Jacksonville, Illinois
& Dorothy Alma Debenham of Chicago

Art & Dort, 1929

Raised in suburban Detroit.  Two older brothers.  Graduated from Royal Oak High School.  Changed name from Joanne to Joan.  One year college.  Married Kenneth (Kenny) Paul Clayton -a.k.a. "Skinny" - a high school friend, at 19.  (Eloped to Indiana because they were underage in Michigan.  Sadly, no photographs. . . . )

Mom to three children.

Charles Wayne, born 1955.
Engineer @ General Motors.

Catherine Dorothy, born 1958.
Antiques dealer.

Philip Arthur, born 1965.
Emergency medical technician
& firefighter.

A few lifetime accomplishments:
  • Devoted, supportive & loving wife for 44 years until Dad left this earth in 1995
  • Supportive stay-at-home mom her entire life, was always home when we got home
  • Mother-in-law to Laura, Fred & Angi
  • Grandma to Michael, Joel, Alex, Andrea & Sarah
  • Girl scout leader for three years
  • Loved golfing, traveling and flower & vegetable gardening
  • Loves animals ~ especially cats, birds & small wildlife
  • Keeps an immaculate home
  • Dedicated & appreciated hospital volunteer for many years

Cathie & Joan

Ken, Joel & Joan

Joan, Phil & Angi

Joan & Ken in 1992 at Phil & Angi's wedding

Congratulations on 80 wonderful years, Mom.

Happy, happy birthday.

I love you. . .


  1. Your Mom sounds like a such a special lady. I enjoyed reading about her. Happy 80th Birthday to Her! xo

  2. I loved this post about your mom. Also loved the adorable pics of you!