Century Club: Mildred Weber Brown celebrates 100

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Mildred Weber Brown‘‍s first name is not a common one these days. But when she was born on July 17, 1914, Mildreds were everywhere. In her case, a Mildred was one of the first people she met -- it was the name of the nurse who helped deliver her at the family home in Palmerton, Pa.

The only child of Grace and John Weber, she attended Indiana State Teacher’s College, now Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1936. She taught grades 1-3 at Wyland Avenue School in Hampton and enjoyed going Downtown by bus to shop, see movies or listen to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She remained active with Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, which she joined in college.

A friend introduced her to her brother, Paul Brown. In 1941, they were married in the chapel of Franklin & Marshall College and spent their honeymoon at Williamsburg, Va. In 1942, while Mr. Brown served in the Army, Mrs. Brown moved closer to her family and taught at a private school in Allentown.

After World War II, they settled in Glenshaw and lived there for 53 years. They had three daughters: Carolyn French of Mount Washington, Pamela Koss of O'Hara and Virginia Wilson of Hudson, Fla. Mrs. Brown was active in Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher and Women’s Association. She was involved in a variety of community activities and enjoyed gardening and trips to Florida, Idaho and England.

In 1998, the couple moved to Presbyterian Senior Care in Oakmont and Mr. Brown died the following year. Mrs. Brown enjoys reading mysteries and the newspaper, caring for her houseplants and going out to eat, especially for ice cream. She says the keys to her long life are her faith and family. She celebrated at a family party with her proud daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great grandsons.

If you or a friend or a relative recently turned 100 or will soon do so, the Post-Gazette would like to hear from you. To be included in Century Club, send the honoree’s biographical information and your phone number to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Century Club, Attn: Kevin Kirkland, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh 15222. Fax: 412-491-8452. Email: kkirkland@post-gazette.com.

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