Melba Jean Brown

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February 16, 1933 ~ January 27, 2022

Born in: Gurdon, Arkansas
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Melba Jean (Jones) Brown, known as “Jean” to all her family and friends, passed away peacefully at her home in Arlington, Texas on January 27, 2022 at the age of 88. Jean was born on February 16, 1933 in Gurdon, Arkansas to parents Fay and Arthur Jones. She married Kenneth Brown in June 1952, and immediately moved to Highland Park, Illinois where they had a son Ken, and two daughters Karen and Kerry. However, work opportunities soon sent the young family to Fort Worth, Texas – where they stayed for several years until new work opportunities sent them back to the Chicago area. When Ken retired – Jean’s career sent them to Little Rock, Arkansas. Where they lived until Jean retired and they moved to Arlington in 1994 to be near their children and grandchildren. As was always their way, whenever they moved into a new home, Jean and Ken quickly got involved with their new community. When they joined First Baptist Church Arlington, Jean became involved with the FBCA Quilters, Fit Over 50 Senior Fitness, her wonderful Bible Study class and Mission Arlington. Jean loved living on the golf course of Rolling Hills Country Club – and as a member of RHCC Jean became a volunteer for many years in the summer Junior Golf Program and Women’s Golf. Jean will long be remembered and missed greatly by her family and friends.
Jean is survived by her husband Ken Brown, Sr., son Ken Brown II and daughter-in-law Donna Brown of Colleyville, TX; daughter Karen West and son-in-law Dan West of Arlington, TX; daughter Kerry Hale and son-in-law Rick Hale of Saint Johns, FL. Her sister, Bettie (Jones) Marsh of Gurdon, AR. Her grandchildren Amanda (Brown) Etheridge and her husband Ryan Etheridge, Ken Brown III, Adam Brown, Abigail Brown, Scott West, Connor West and his wife Breshell West, Aaron Hale, Kendall Hale, Sydney (Hale) Eubanks and her husband Cole Eubanks. Her great-granddaughter is Remi West. She was preceded by her brother Bill Jones and her grandson Jack Hale.
There will be a memorial service to honor Jean on February 7, 2022 at 2pm at Wade Funeral Home, 4140 W Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, Texas 76013.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Jean’s favorite charity organization Mission Arlington Mission Metroplex at


Memorial Service: February 7, 2022 2:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


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  1. We will dearly miss Jean and her infectious smile and pray for Ken and family to find peace and comfort with God’s grace and love during the coming weeks, months and years.

  2. A grand lady, involved, encouraging, a doer, great sense of humor, loved God, her church, family, and many friends. She was a rare person who touched many lives…and their lives are better because of her influence. My life is one of those…

  3. A grand lady, involved, encouraging, a doer, great sense of humor, loved God, her church, family, and many friends. She was a rare person who touched many lives…and their lives are better because of her influence. My life is one of those…

    • Larry – thank you so much for speaking at Mom’s service – she would have been laughing right along with us. 🥰 -Karen

  4. I am sorry I cannot be with you on this day of celebration, out of town. She was a beautiful lady in every way.

  5. CandleImageA great lady was Jean Brown. We always enjoyed celebrating our birthdays on Feb. 16th. She was a wonderful friend.

  6. You will be deeply missed but the memories will live on in the hearts of your family and friends. Rest in Peace dear friend.

    Mrs. Clause, RHCC

    • Thank you, Kathy 💗 Our family has so many happy memories of you – as the best Mrs. Clause ever – each year at Breakfast with Santa.

  7. In 1994 when Ken and Jean joined Rolling Hills Country Club, it was an asset to our membership list. Fun-loving and spirited we had many great events with this special couple. Ken shared his birthday cake with our group recently as he celebrated #93 at Rolling Hills.

    Rest in peace dear Jean, blessings to Ken.

  8. Jean was a wonderful neighbor. She and Ken have been neighbors everyone would like to have. Her smile and get it done spirit will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  9. CandleImageHow much I have missed and will miss that beautiful smiling face! I was thankful to see Jean and Ken on the Zoom Sunday School this past year. I never received anything but encouragement and total acceptance from Jean. I second everything stated by Larry. Know I will see her again one day. Please give your Dad a special hug for me.


  10. CandleImageJean was indeed a special lady. She was always there to assist in any way possible . She assisted me with my Mother is aerobics class at church and always had everyone accounted for. My husband, Jackie, always called her the Sargent in charge LOL.
    Jean was also a spectacular quilter. I will cherish the one I have.
    God Bless You Jean and we will see you again.
    Much love and prayers to the family.
    JoAnn and Jackie Moore

  11. Dear Brown Family,
    We so loved Jean. She was such a hard working lady. She always had a smile and hug for us and Will. We were so thankful for Ken and Jean to step in as “grand parents” for Will when our moms were not able to attend. We will miss her.
    Lori and Mark

  12. Jean and Ken were the first couple that welcomed to our first fish fry at Rolling Hills. Jean was such and loving and giving person. So glad to have known her. Blessings to Ken ad family.

    Toni and Glynn Adams

  13. CandleImageJean was a beautiful lady (inside and out). I’m honored to have know the Browns! My prayers are with you Ken (and the entire family) as you move through the very difficult days ahead. Please take comfort in the beautiful memories you’ve made together.
    May she Rest In Peace.

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