SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 30, 2014

Hanna M. Brown, 79


Beverly — Hanna Brown of Pinewood Avenue in Beverly, died on Tuesday morning, January 28, from complications following a car accident, surrounded by her family. Born January 13, 1935, to Margaret (Murphy) and Dennis McAuliffe, she was raised in Taur, County Cork, Ireland. At age 15, she came to the United States as a nanny, working in Beverly Farms. It was there that she and John Brown met and fell in love. They were married in 1955. John, for many years a well-known contractor and then Asst. Building Inspector for the City, died suddenly in 1988.

Hanna and John are survived by their five children and their partners, John F. Brown Jr, and his wife, Kathy (O'Keefe) Brown, from Rowley, MA; David M. Brown and his companion, Allyson Hill, from Norway, Maine; Paul E. Brown and his wife, Josephine (Murphy) Brown, from No. Conway, NH; Kathy (Brown) Delaney and husband, James "Tony" Delaney, from Rowley, MA; and Marianne (Brown) Hall and husband, Curtis Allen Hall, with whom Hanna lived for the past 20 years.

Known lovingly as “Muggy” to her grandchildren, she is also survived by Jaclyn (Brown) Powers and her husband, James Powers, of Londonderry, NH; Sarah Delaney and her fiancé, Norman Jutras, of Rowely, MA; Jacob John Hall, USAF Fussa, Tokyo, Japan; Emily Brown and John Brown of N. Conway, NH; Jennifer Delaney and Clare Delaney of Rowley, MA; and her youngest granddaughter, with whom she shared most every day, Jessica Hall of Beverly.

Hanna is also survived by her sister, Margaret "Ciss" (McAuliffe) Guiney of Rock Chapel, Co. Cork, Ireland; brothers, James "Jimmy" McAuliffe of Milton, MA, and Jeremiah "Darby" McAuliffe of Thurles, Co. Cork, Ireland; sister-in-law, Dorothy (Brown) O'Leary of Amesbury, MA; brothers-in-law, Joseph Brown of Beverly, MA, and Robert Brown and his wife, Kathy, of Ipswich; and many beloved nieces and nephews in both the United States and Ireland, which Hanna frequently visited. She was very proud of her Irish heritage.

Hanna was predeceased by her parents; her husband, John F. Brown, with whom she shared 32 years of marriage; her daughter-in-law, Carolyn (Dyke) Brown; and her siblings, Catherine "Kitty" (McAuliffe) Carroll, Daniel McAuliffe, Michael "Mick" McAuliffe, Ellen (McAuliffe) McSweeney, Mary (McAuliffe) Kenneally, John McAuliffe, Dennis "D-D" McAuliffe; also sisters-in-law, Joan "Ponie" (Brown) Wilkinson, her husband, Thomas Wilkinson, and Margaret "Peggy" Brown.

Hanna and John loved to travel and did so extensively prior to his tragic death in 1988. After this devastating loss, she was able, with support from her faith, family and friends, to regain her strength, and went on to travel again with many dear friends. She loved playing cards, especially Bridge, which she played with the same group of friends for over 50 years. Hanna enjoyed entertaining and was a most gracious hostess.

Above all, Hanna was an exceptionally warm and caring person, qualities which endeared her to her countless friends and which she applied to her work at Barnsider’s Restaurants and as longtime caregiver to the late John Lawrence of Hamilton. She was constantly in service to others in her community, volunteering at Beverly Hospital with the Young Mother’s Group, caring for small children whom she loved so much, and serving as a Communicant for St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church for homebound and nursing home parishioners.

Hanna loved her family and friends deeply and was deeply loved by them. She set a shining example by how she lived her life, with honesty, kindness, unselfishness and her strong faith in God. She will be missed beyond words by all of her family and close friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot St., Beverly, Saturday at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., North Beverly, Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Beverly. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.