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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Brown to celebrate 100th with open house

  • Claron Brown of 1021 Cedars Drive in McPherson will turn 100 years old March 30. The family will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Cedars Wellness Center, 1021 Cedars Drive in McPherson. A short program will begin at 3 p.m., featuring a few favorite songs and readings, some written by Brown.
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  • Claron Brown of 1021 Cedars Drive in McPherson will turn 100 years old March 30. The family will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Cedars Wellness Center, 1021 Cedars Drive in McPherson. A short program will begin at 3 p.m., featuring a few favorite songs and readings, some written by Brown.
    The family invites his friends and acquaintances to attend this party in his honor. They also request no presents except your presence. If unable to attend, cards may be sent to Winifred Neher at 511 Chippewa Court, Kechi, KS, 67067.
    He was married to Alera McEwen for 63 years before her death. They have four daughters and sons-in-law: Dorothy and Paul Brumbaugh of Joliet, Ill.; Winifred and Jim Neher of Kechi; Rosalie and Cecilio Falcon of Amarillo, Texas; and Lethia and Dave Draves of Decatur, Ill. They have nine grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
    Brown had many jobs in his lifetime, but his mid-life profession was as a minister in the Church of the Brethren. He is now retired.
    He has been most happy when helping others. He has provided care for the disabled, transportation for many, helped build a playground for children in Decatur, Ill., where he lived at the time, and advocated for civil rights.
    He has been active in peacemaking in many forms, including walking in the All School’s Day parade in McPherson in the 2000s as a member of People for Peace until his mid 90s. He also participated in lunch counter demonstrations early in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and honored individuals from all walks of life and nationalities.
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