of Conway, AR
November 21, 1928 - September 15, 2020
Virginia Louise Ward Brown went to be with her Lord on September 15, 2020. She was born on November 21, 1928, in Conway, Arkansas, the only child of Oscar Paul "Jack" and Myrtle White Ward. She was married to Homer A. Brown, Jr. from 1953 until his death in 2003.She attended school at the ASTC Training School and Ellen Smith Elementary, and was Valedictorian of her class at Conway High School in 1945. She attended college at Bethany Nazarene College in Oklahoma and received both a BSE and an MSE in mathematics at Arkansas State Teachers College (UCA). Mrs. Brown was a Math Teacher for 32 years, spending the bulk of her career at Conway High School, where she was awarded Teacher of the Year in 1986. She also taught in Vilonia, Russellville, Rayville, Louisiana, and at ASTC. She attended summer courses in computer programming and started the first computer programming course at Conway High School in 1983.Virginia was a member of First United Methodist Church Conway, the Round Table Sunday School Class, and Amity. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority for over 50 years, achieving the Order of the Rose and named Arkansas State Girl of the Year in 1965. She was a member of Faulkner County Retired Teachers, Kappa Kappa Iota, and the Women's Golf Association at Conway Country Club. An avid golfer, she and husband Homer participated in couples golf tournaments all over Arkansas and attended golf schools in Florida. She loved to travel, play bridge, sew, crochet, quilt and knit. She loved UCA Bears sports, was a member of the Purple Circle and the UCA Alumni Association. In later years, she enjoyed dancing at Conway Senior Citizens.She is survived by daughters, Jackie (Van) Lamar and Kathy (Robert) Linder; her grand-children, Stephanie Lamar (Christopher) Grinder, Adrienne Lamar (Phillip) Bumpers, Kristen Linder (Nicholas) Marchica, Erik Linder, and great-grandchildren, Madeleine Grinder, Audrey Bumpers. Nicholas Marchica III and Vincent Marchica.The family wishes to express gratitude to Mrs. Brown's caregivers at the Heritage Living Center (300 Hall) and Arkansas Hospice.Memorials may be sent to Conway First United Methodist Church or to the UCA Foundation, Homer Brown Band Scholarship Fund.A graveside service will be held, Saturday, September 19, 2020, at 10:30am at Oak Grove Cemetery in Conway.All attendees must provide and wear their own masks.
Jackie and Kathy, My condolences and prayers to you and your families.
Kathy & Jackie: So hard to loose your mom. My thoughts are with you at this time. She was a blessing to all that she knew. Ann
Virginia was a special neighbor, friend and mentor. We hold dear memories of the 30 years on Woodbridge Drive of both your parents and think of them often. I am still nurturing some of the iris that Virginia shared. I offer my heart felt sympathy and prayers in the coming weeks. May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
I'm thinking about you all.
Hi Jackie,We were so sorry to hear about your mother. We did not know her well, but we knew of her and know that she is missed by many. We are thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort, Todd, Kelly and Aaron
Jackie,I am very sorry about your mother. It was a difficult journey those last few years. She is at peace now. We will forever treasure the good times. Love and Prayers, Lorraine and Tom
Well Jackie and Kathy I remember your Mom from way back when she married your Dad and they moved to Russellville,, Sweet Lady and a wonderful companion for your Dad,, I have fond memories of those two years and having a Director that was a newly wed,, your Mom knew how to handle College Band Boys and we loved her. She is in a better place now and you are aware of that but you have a ton of memories to enjoyLove you lotsShepherd
Jackie I am very sorry for your loss. I had such great admiration for your mom. I know you’ll miss her. We are blessed to have our moms in our life for such a long time. Prayers for you and your family. Suzanne
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Brown’s death. Loved being a member of Homer’s Heroes band at UCA.
Jackie, I knew your mom over many years as a math teacher and MYF leader. I remember her knitting ability and her unique sweater vest. She was a very talented lady. My parents played bridge with her and she certainly gave my dad a " run for the money." She leaves behind a great legacy.
Jackie and Family, we are sorry for the lost of your precious and wonderful mother. In college she was my mother away from home and then in 1975 she became a dear sorority sister. I learned a lot from her. Prayers to you and your family during this time.
So sorry for your loss. She was my teacher in 1985. Had. I idea she was a golfer. Prayers for the family, she was a great teacher.
Remembering Mrs. Virginia Louise Ward Brown is an honor as she was one of my teachers in 1983 at Conway High School (my graduating year). She will be missed and my prayers and thoughts go out to her family with all my respect.
Jackie, et. al.:Sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. Regret I didn't get to be in her class.We had a private joke re: the box plants she donated at the pod building's planter out front, Mr. Clark & I miscommunications re: weeds vs. the box plants. Will fill you in when I see you if you don't know the story. The joke was on me & my hearing impairments, during NYC Summer work at CHS.R.O.B./
One of the BEST teachers I ever had. Loved Mrs. Brown! My sincere sympathy to the family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.
Hoping comfort can be drawn from knowing that your family are in the thoughts and prayers of many during this difficult time
Kathy, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss.