NORWAY – Arlene Greenleaf Brown of Bethel passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Stephens Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient for a week.

She was born at Bethel, on Nov. 26, 1921, the eldest child and only daughter of Sherman S. and Mabel Stevens Greenleaf. She attended Bethel schools and graduated from Gould Academy in 1939. She continued her education at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and subsequently taught piano in Bethel for more than 35 years.

On Dec. 26, 1944, she was married to Donald S. Brown of Bethel and in 1954 they moved into the home that they built together on Chapman Street, where she resided until recently.

For several years, she and her husband operated Don Brown Studio in Bethel, where she did oil coloring of photographs. She also operated a book shop for a time.

She was a life member of the Bethel Historical Society and the Middle Intervale Meeting House Society and was very active in both organizations. For many years, she was the Sunday school music director at the Bethel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Kurt G. and Tammy J. Brown of Westbrook; a daughter and son-in-law, Danna B. and George A. Nickerson of Bethel; one granddaughter, Kate Nickerson Wight and her husband, Nate, and a great-granddaughter, Addison Ruth Wight of Bolsters Mills; two brothers and their wives, Robert and Anne Greenleaf of North Scituate, R.I., and John and Arlene Greenleaf of Bethel; a sister-in-law, Ann Greenleaf of Bethel; several brothers and sisters-in-law; cousins and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; and her brother, S. Eldon Greenleaf.

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