Pauline T. Brown, 94

Published 12:33pm Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Born: April 13, 1918

Died: April 2, 2013

Pauline T. Brown, 94, of Niles, Mich., died at 5:07 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Riveridge Manor in Niles following a brief illness.


She was born on April 13, 1918 in Hinton, W.V., to Robert Lee and Sarah Elizabeth (Wiseman) Thompson.  She came to the Oak Manor neighborhood of Niles in 1951, and was a department manager at the former Parmalee’s department store in Niles.  She was also employed at the former Rowley’s Family Shoe Store in Niles, and at the lady’s departments of the former MiLady, L.S.Ayers, and other department stores where she specialized in high fashion clothing.  She retired to Florida in 1967 and returned to Niles in 1998.

Pauline was a member of First Baptist Church in Niles.  She enjoyed golfing, including time spent with her husband who was a U. S. Amateur champion.

She was first married to Charles Wiseman.  On June 14, 1975 in West Palm Beach, Florida she married J. Wolcott Brown, who preceded her in death in 1991.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Harold Edward “Eddie” Wiseman in 1994, and by sisters, Thelma Meador and Orpha Toutloff, and brothers Carl Thompson, Herbert William Thompson, and infant Frank Emmett Thompson, and a son-in-law, Pierce “Skeet” Williams on March 20, 2011.

Surviving family includes her son, Wesley Lane (& Gloria) Wiseman of Kankakee, Ill., and daughter, Doretta Williams of Niles; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and Pauline’s brother, Earl Thompson of Niles and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Pauline T. Brown will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013 at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with the Rev. Jim Wing of First Baptist Church officiating.  Committal services will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the funeral home beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday.  Contributions in memory of Pauline may be made to the First Baptist Church.

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