Effingham, NH, Andover — Mrs. Gladys B. (Blanchette) Brown, a resident of Effingham, N.H., formerly of Andover and beloved wife for 64 years to the late E. Stanley Brown Jr., died on Thursday, evening May 22, 2014. She was 86-years-old.
Born in Lawrence on Jan. 7, 1928, she was the beloved daughter of the late Wilfrid and Yvonne (Pellerin) Blanchette. Mrs. Brown was the operator of her “Farm Cottage” at her home in Effingham, was a graduate of the Verper George School of Art with studies in Fashion Illustration in Boston. She enjoyed painting still life and flowers from her gardens and also monoprints. Gladys was past President of the Andover’s Artist Guild, 1983 and a member of the Rockport Art Association, New England Watercolor Society, Portland Maine Museum of Art, and the Mt. Washington Valley Art Association.
She had done further studies in watercolors in workshops in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts with nationally known artists.
Gladys was also an active member of the Remick Country Doctor Farm Museum, Lakes Region Humane Society, Green Mountain Conservation Group and the Society for the Protection of NH Forests. Her love of historical artifacts included member activities to the Ossipee Historical Society, Effingham Historical Society, Andover Historical Society and the Effingham Perservation Society.
She also enjoyed gardening around her "Farm Cottage" home. Above all, Gladys was a very loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She will be very sorely missed by her loving children, Gwenneth L. Matarese of Cranston, R.I., Carrie E. and her husband, John Woodrow “Woody” Crowley of West Newbury and Mark R. Brown of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; sister Litha Flynn of Boxford and Joan Crowley of Peabody; grandchildren, Matthew and his wife, Stephanie, Brandon, Aaron, Christina, Derrick, and Mary and great-granddaughter, Thalia; and several nieces and nephews. She was also the loving mother of the late Deborah A. Brown-Teevens; mother-in-law of the late Dr. Philip Matarese and step-daughter of the late Maurice J. Curran, Jr.