Martha June Miller Brown

Martha June “Marty” Miller Brown was born on Oct. 18, 1934 in Jacksonville, Florida, and passed away Aug. 27 at Pathways Hospice  in Loveland at the age of 86.

Brown grew up in Macon, Georgia, where she married Frank Douglas Brown of Leadville on April 13, 1968. Doug and Marty met in the lift line while skiing at Squaw Valley in California. They brightened each other’s lives for over 53 years.

Brown was a teacher with an academic trail of coursework at Miller High School and Mercer University in Macon, Georgia; Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina; Baylor University in Waco, Texas (bachelor’s degree); the Carver School of Social Work in Kentucky (master’s degree); and the University of California Berkeley (teaching certificate). She taught in elementary schools in Moraga, California and Denver.

Another highlight of Brown’s professional life was serving as a civilian recreation director for the U.S. Army Service Clubs in Heidelberg and Karlsruhe, Germany. When she returned  home she became the faculty advisor to female student organizations under the dean of students at Fresno State University in Fresno, California.

Music was a big part of Brown’s life, especially classical. She loved to play the piano and attended operas performed in Europe. She was a passionate and accomplished gardener, and she seldom missed an opportunity to plant flowering plants and bulbs or remove a pesky weed in her or anyone else’s garden.

Brown delighted in traveling throughout the world with her family and friends. Her family said she will always be remembered for her adventurous spirit and the loving care she displayed in all her relationships. Many will remember her as the little old lady who dashed back and forth to Costco, Trader Joe’s and Tuesday Morning in her bright red 2000 Volvo C70 convertible.

Brown was preceded in death by her parents Laurel Armstrong and James Robert Miller Sr., and her brother James Robert Miller Jr.

Brown is survived by her husband Doug; her brother Donald Kay (Frances) Miller of Macon, Georgia; her children Jeffrey (Brandy) Brown and Jenny (Chris) Wright, both of Fort Collins; her granddaughters Anna Grace and Ava Jane Wright of Fort Collins; her nieces Donna Kay (Phil) McGoldrick, Dee Ann Geeslin, Paula (John) Pratt, Erika (Kevin) Watkins and Laurel Walker; her nephews Rob Miller, Kirk Miller, Jimmy (Sissy) Miller, Brent (Elise) and Lon (Jenny) Herbert; her sister-in-law Beverly Jean Herbert; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

Brown’s family said she will be deeply missed by family and friends, especially Anna and Ava, who called her “Nanny.”

A celebration of Brown’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 25 at Allnutt Funeral Service, 2100 N. Lincoln Avenue, Loveland. In lieu of flowers, the family asks acquaintances to consider making a donation to Pathways Hospice of Fort Collins, Tourette  Association of America or the American Cancer Society.