Nan Brown, of Mexia, passed away, Wednesday, May 10, 2016 at Providence Hospital in Waco. A celebration of Nan's life will be held at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Gibbs Memorial Library in Mexia. Nan was born in Houston on July 25, 1941, but moved to Florida while still an infant. She was always proud to say that, despite growing up in Daytona Beach, she was a native Texan. She attended Daytona Community College and Florida State University. She was an Air Force wife and lived at many duty stations with her family, including an overseas assignment in Italy where she studied art history under Dr. Phillip Rylands, later the curator of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art in Venice Italy. Nan, a professional librarian, served as children's librarian for several years at the Gibbs Memorial Library in Mexia and, subsequently, as librarian in Rockport. She believed that being a children's librarian was her special calling and her first love. She began the children's summer reading program in Mexia. After retiring, she was president of the Mexia Friends of the Library, a member of the Woman's Friday Club and a volunteer reader of the Mexia Chamber Literacy Council. Nan is survived by her husband, William H. "Bill" Brown of Mexia; son, Stanley Freeman of Carrollton; daughters, Deborah Freeman of Carrollton and Darby Freeman of Fairfield; six grandchildren, Geoffrey Smith of Carrollton, Mercedes Freeman of Houston, Devin Freeman of Fairfield, Stewart Freeman of Donie, Dalton Smith of Mexia and Kobe Freeman of Fairfield. Please make any donations, if desired, either to Gibbs Memorial Library or to the Mexia Academic Award Fund.
Saturday, May 14th, 2016 7:00pm, Gibbs Memorial Library