Annie Lee Brown Marion, born February 8, 1926 in Sumter, South Carolina, died July 16, 2018. She was the daughter of James Baldwin Brown and Annie Geneva Hatfield Brown.
Ann grew up in Sumter surrounded by 11 siblings, all of whom have predeceased her. This large, close-knit family was her passion, and spending time with them was her greatest joy.
She graduated from Sumter High School and immediately entered the work force in an era when many young women did not. She worked briefly as a secretary for minor league baseball, and also worked for several years at Shaw Air Force Base.
Ann married Lt. Ants Wiise of the U.S. Air Force, originally of Estonia, in 1950, and their daughter, Paula, was born later that same year. Lt. Wiise died in 1952, and in 1958, Ann married Bill Marion, whom she met at Shaw Air Force Base. Bill and Ann moved the family to Macon, Georgia, where their son, Jim, was born in 1961.
While living in Macon, Ann continued to work for the Air Force at Robins AFB, rising to the level of GS12. She became a member of, and later president of the Georgia Chapter of, the Business & Professional Women's Foundation.
Ann and Bill remained in Macon until 1985, when they retired to Columbia, SC, to be closer to Ann's family. While living in Columbia, Ann was a docent for the Historic Columbia Foundation, and was later the Treasurer for the Iris Garden Club.
After Bill's death in 2011, Ann moved to Annapolis, Maryland, later in 2013 near her daughter's family. In late 2017, she moved to the Atlanta area, near her son. The family gratefully acknowledges the care and attention Ann received from the staff at Sunrise of Annapolis and Sunrise of Johns Creek, who helped to make Ann's last years more comfortable.
Ann was preceded in death by her brothers, JW Brown, Raymond Brown, Cecil Brown, Thomas Brown, Carl Brown, James Brown, Leland Brown and Dr. Alec Brown; and by her sisters, Kathleen Brown Parker, Bernice Brown Dombrosky and Alene Brown Hawkins.
Ann is survived by her daughter, Paula Wiise McFarland of Annapolis; by her son, Jim Marion, and his wife, Mary Beth, of Atlanta; by her grandchildren, Kelly Drennon Karpovich, and her husband, Bill, of Baltimore, Matthew McFarland and his fiancé, Jiyoung Kang, of San Francisco, and Jeffrey McFarland and his wife, Megan, of San Francisco; by her great-grandchildren, Nicholas Karpovich, Ana Grace Karpovich, James McFarland, and Charles McFarland.
Ann is also survived by her brother-in-law Paul Hawkins, and her sisters-in-law Patsy A. Brown, Sybil B. Brown, and Clare G. Brown, all of South Carolina; by sister-in-law Mari Zarins of Estonia; by sister-in-law Riina Viise of Massachusetts; by brother-in-law Michael Viise of Iowa; by her special friends Marie and Carlton Driskell of Macon, Georgia; by many fond nieces, nephews, cousins, and their families; and by friends who enjoyed her company over the years through work, garden clubs, and the Georgia chapter of the Business & Professional Women's Foundation.
"The General" will be particularly missed at the large family reunions of the Brown and Hatfield families. Family was the most important thing in the world to Ann, and she leaves a legacy of loyalty and commitment to that family.
A memorial service will be held to honor Ann's life on July 21, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at Bullock Funeral Home, 1190 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, South Carolina 29150. Ann loved flowers and would be honored by your contributions to your favorite garden club or to your favorite charity.
You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family’s guest book.
The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.
Bullock Funeral Home Chapel
Saturday July 21st, 2018
1190 Wilson Hall Road
Sumter, SC 29150
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So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a special lady and will be so missed.
Submitted by Suzette Hawkins on Jul 24 2018 10:46:44 AM
So sorry for your loss she will be missed by many, Love and Prayers Sandy Mims
Submitted by sandreena r mims on Jul 24 2018 10:42:17 AM
Doug and I are so sorry for your loss. Aunt Annie Lee was a Dear lady and we will miss her.
Submitted by Melissa Hawkins Golden on Jul 22 2018 10:07:34 PM
I am sorry for your loss. Please know that we are praying for the entire family and may God give you peace and comfort and may your memories carry you through this sorrowful times.
Submitted by Vheryl and Vic Bazley on Jul 20 2018 03:50:44 PM
The death of a loved one is the most devastating experiences a family can face. At times, the loss may seem unbearable. Please know that there are those who care about you and your family during this difficult time and more importantly Psalm 34:18 tells us that "God is near to those that are broken at heart. We pray that Jehovah the God of all comfort is with the family during this difficult time of grief. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Submitted by Williams Family on Jul 19 2018 06:22:54 PM
I am very sorry for your loss! May God comfort your mourning hearts! Our heavenly Father promises a time when not only will death be wiped away but those who have already fallen asleep in death will be woken up! Death is an enemy according to the Bible and it will be permanently taken out of the picture very soon! God cannot lie so we do not doubt that this promise will become a reality! (John 11:11-14, 41-44;
1 Corinthians 15:26;Titus 1:2)
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