Elinor M. Brown, age 87, long time resident of Dayton, Ohio and for the past 5 years a resident with her daughters family in Napoleon, Ohio, died May 10, 2011 at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Rev. John Brown. Born August 29, 1923 to the late Lloyd and Ruth (Phillips) Mignerey in Freetown Sierra Leone, West Africa where her parents were missionaries. She graduated from Jackson High School in Jackson, Ohio and Otterbein Collage in Westerville, Ohio, receiving a degree in Music Education. She was a music and elementary teacher, in addition to directing several church and bell choirs while a pastor's wife for 34 years. Elinor also founded and directed the Singing Wives of the West Ohio United Methodist Church. She continued to be active in the church and bell choirs, both as a director and a participant.
She is survived by a brother, Robert Mignerey of West Portsmouth, Ohio and sister, Eileen (Mike) Kiriazis of St. Clair Shores, MI. She also leaves to cherish her memory two sons, John "Mike" of Dayton, Ohio and Tim (Bonney) of Waynesville, NC; two daughters, Peg Brown of Rudolph, Ohio and Carol (Rev. Jim) Castello of Napoleon. She also leaves 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, all of whom will miss their "Meems" dearly.
A Memorial and Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 13, 2011 at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Napoleon. Friends will be received on Friday from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church, with a potluck dinner to follow the service. Elinor requested to be cremated with her ashes interred in Logan, Ohio. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Together We Can Make A Difference Initiatives in Napoleon, Emanuel Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor's choice.
Snyder-Wesche Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
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