Gretchen Brown

Gretchen A. Brown, 87, died on July 4, 2022 at The Pearl Memory Center in Midlothian Va. Mrs. Brown was the daughter of Raymond O. Arnold and Louise Fiedler Arnold. She was born in York, Pa. She was a graduate of Eastern High School in Washington, D.C. and received an AA degree from The George Washington University.

On June 7, 1958, she was married to the Rev. Henry K. Brown. They have three children and spouses: Laura (Fawn), in Bowie, Md., Christopher (Marsha), in Powhatan, Va., and Michael (Joanna), in Annapolis, Md.; six grandchildren: Christopher Bolyard, Christina Brown, Maria (Jacob) Haring, Tanner Pettigrew-Brown, Demetri Brown and Katerina Brown; her brothers, Raymond Arnold, of Annapolis, Md., Lowell Arnold, of Kents Store, Va., and Michael Arnold, of Ashburn, Va.; sister, Catherine Bennett, of Charleston, N.H.; brother and sisters-in-law; and nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Mrs. Brown and her husband and children cared for many newborns as a foster family for the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. She was employed as a secretary at The George Washington University, Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, D.C., St. Paul Lutheran Church in Morgantown, West Virginia University in Morgantown and Severna Park United Methodist Church in Severna Park, Md.
Mrs. Brown will be remembered as a loving wife, nurturing mother, doting grandmother and God’s servant to many.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Virginia; a brother-in-law; and a niece.
A memorial service is planned to be held at St. Martins Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1120 Spa Road, Annapolis Md., on July 21, 2022, with the Rev. Dr. David Oravec officiating. Visitation will be at 11 a.m., with Service of Christian Burial to follow at noon. A luncheon will be provided in the parish hall immediately following the service.

Burial in the family plot will be at the Westminster Cemetery, 1159 Newville Road, Carlisle, PA 17023 on July 22. It will start at noon, with The Rev. Tim Seitz-Brown, nephew, conducting the graveside service. A luncheon will be held at a local restaurant immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, please make any contributions to Lutheran World Relief, World Food Program USA or the charity of one’s choice.