Inez Julia (Silver) Brown died on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at the Medical Center of Carolina Village after a short illness. She was 73. The grace with which she faced death matched the grace of her entire life.
She was born in Sauk Centre, Minn., on April 12, 1939. Her family moved to Wadena when she was a child, and she lived there until graduating from Wadena High School in 1957. She later lived in Wisconsin, California, Mexico City, Roswell, Georgia, and in 1988 moved to Hendersonville, where she lived until her death.
Her life was spent reaching out to others. An excellent cook, she tried to make sure that everyone was fed properly. That belief continued throughout her years in Hendersonville, with a "career" of 23 years delivering Meals on Wheels for the Council on Aging. More than 13, 000 times, she knocked on a door, gave someone a nutritious meal and a hug, and topped it off with one of her great smiles.
Other agencies felt her warmth. Among them were Mainstay, FISH, the Free Clinic, Department of Social Services and WCCA. Promotional material for WCCA often showed Head Start kids wearing colorful winter caps that she crocheted by the hundreds while watching Jeopardy.
Music was an important part of her life, with band and choral work in high school and participation in church choirs wherever she lived. She loved Handel's Messiah, singing in "sing-a-longs" dozens of times. A few hours before her death, a good friend sat at her bedside and sang the favorite hymn that will be sung at her service.
Inez was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Inez Silver; sister, Helen Halliwell; and brother, John Silver, who was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action in Vietnam.
She is survived by her husband, Robert R. Brown; sisters, Fran (Bill) Gustine and Barbara Robinson; and children, Michael (Lisa) Ehlen, Kristine Ehlen and Sara Ehlen. She is also survived by stepchildren William (Cindy) Brown, Nancy (Ronald) Roberts and James (Gretchen Winter) Brown. There are five grandchildren: Andrea, Holly, Otto, Jacqueline, Jill and one great-granddaughter.
Inez was a member of First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville. She has sung in the choir, and served several years as coordinator of the prayer chain.
The family wishes to thank long-time friend, Dr. Ron Moffitt, for his care and understanding, the magnificent staff at the Carolina Village Medical Center, and the members of the Four Seasons Hospice team who always seemed to know just when to be there.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at the Village Hall of Carolina Village, with Rev. Dan Martin and Rev. Christy Sharp officiating. A private inurnment will be held prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Henderson County Council on Aging (Meals on Wheels program), 105 King Creek Blvd., Hendersonville, N.C. 28792.
A register book is available online for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com.
Thos. Shepherd and Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center are in charge of arrangements.