Obituary: Mary Jo Brown
July 29, 1933 – November 9, 2019
Mary Josephine Brown was born July 29, 1933 in Westwood, Colorado to Elizabeth (Lopez) Gallegos and Estevan Gallegos. She was raised in the mountains of Colorado and attended grade school in Summit County and Denver. While attending high school in Breckenridge, she was a member of the pep club, center guard on the girl’s basketball team and a member of the drama club. She left before graduation due to family illness and graduation wouldn’t happen until 1971 when she received her G.E.D. in Craig. She furthered her education at Colorado Northwest Community College where she received an Associates of Liberal Arts and a certified nursing assistant certificate. She was one of the first students at CNCC when it was located at the Moffat School District Building located on Yampa and earned a secretary certificate, which helped her gain several jobs and meet many interesting Craig citizens. Always a joiner , she was a charter member of the original Boomtown Players, Sweet Adelines, Moffat County Cancer Society, Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center, Compassionate Friends and Hospice. If that didn’t keep her busy enough, she was also a member of Alpha Tau, V.F.W. Auxiliary, Red Hats and AARP, earning her Volunteer of the Year in 2000. She married Burvie Brown on March 23, 1951 and they had five children , Judith (Roy) Southard, Jane Brown, Jayson Brown, (Jaydene) Anna (Gary) Thompson, and Andrew Brown all of Craig. A resident of Craig from 1965 until 1991, and returning in July of 1992 after the death of her husband in Grand Junction, Colorado, she has touched the lives of many. In 1993, she became volunteer activities director for Sunset Meadows Senior Housing Center, a position that officially turned into Moffat County Senior Citizen Activity Director and ended when her health became an issue in 2007. Mary Jo loved to write and contributed to the local newspaper, writing a column for the Northwest Daily Press, The Daily Press and Craig Daily Press. They were titled, Relatively Speaking, In the Center of Things and Senior Spotlight. She enjoyed keeping people in touch with what was going on and wrote the Senior Spotlight until her health made it not possible. Mary Jo is survived by her sisters, Maria (Larry) Keller, Anna Berniece (Roy) James; brother, Joe Gallegos; Daughters Judith (Roy) Southard, Jane Brown, Anna (Gary) Thompson, six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren ,two nieces and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Burvie; brother, Charles Gallegos; two sons, Jayson Brown (stillborn) and Andrew Brown; granddaughter Stacie Southard; and her parents. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.