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Official Obituary of

Patria M. (Sepulveda) Brown

August 27, 1941 ~ March 13, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Patria Brown Obituary

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Patria "Pat" Brown, a beacon of compassion and ingenuity, who left this world on March 13, 2024, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on August 27, 1941, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, to Jose Sepulveda and Maria Ramos.

 Joseph P. Brown, often referred to as “Father” and his beloved wife, Pat’s early years were marked by a vibrant culture and the warmth of island life.

After relocating to the mainland, Pat set out to shape a future driven by her dedication to education and service. Her academic journey led her to excel at New York University, where she earned her Master's Degree in Education ahead of her cohort. Pat's commitment to lifelong learning was a catalyst for her remarkable career. She distinguished herself by serving in the Army Intelligence from 1963 until 1965, a period that would lay the foundation for her exceptional resilience and empathetic spirit.

Pat's passion for imparting knowledge and understanding found its true expression in her 26 years as a dedicated teacher with the Fitchburg Public Schools system. As a Bilingual Special Education and Home Economics instructor, she touched the lives of countless students with her wisdom and innovative teaching methods. Committed to her community, Pat's voluntary efforts to beautify the streets of Fitchburg were emblematic of her unwavering desire to lead by example.

The manifold talents of Patria Brown were ever evident in her love for construction and design. An artist at heart, she found joy in painting, nurturing her flower garden, and always being on the lookout for new projects. Pat immersed herself in the world of Better Homes & Garden, gathering inspiration from the pages that fed her passion for creating beauty in her surroundings.

In her personal life, Pat was the anchor of her family, cherished by her devoted husband, Joseph P. Brown, “Father”, her loving sister, Marie Sepulveda, and her daughters, Annette M. Wylie of Worcester and Pamela Y. (Brown) Encarnacion of Sterling, along with her supportive son-in-law, Scott Johnson, of Sterling; She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Lauli B. Santiago of Leominster and survived by her two granddaughters,  Yvone M. (Brown) Lefebvre  of Leominster and Veronica M. Wylie of Worcester. Her role as a grandmother to her three adoring granddaughters was one she embraced with the same fervor and dedication she gave to every aspect of her life.

Pat’s family extended beyond blood relations, as she joyfully embraced Juan and Tati as part of her family circle, and her heart was large enough to include numerous cousins, aunts, nieces, nephews, students, friends, and colleagues, who all benefitted from her profound wisdom, handiness, and boundless passion.

Even though Pat did not consider herself an "animal person," her affection for her "little Bebe," Oy, was a symbol of her capacity for love in all its forms. Her home was a place of refuge and reunion, a door always open for family and friends who would stop by, often with treats in hand — lemon donuts, Hershey kisses, and flowers that reflected the joy she brought into their lives.

Patria Brown's legacy is found not only in her family and the gardens she tended but also in the cleaner streets of her neighborhood and in the empowered voices of her students. She was a fixture in the lives of many, providing solutions, support, and love with a generous spirit.

To have known Pat was to have known a life well-lived — a life filled to the brim with purpose, care, and a touch of soil. As we bid her farewell, we carry with us the lessons she taught through words and deeds, the memories of her undying and passionate spirit, and the love that she shared so freely. May she rest in peace, knowing that her story is far from over, as it lives on through the myriad of lives she has touched.

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