Sylvia Agnes Brown

1921 ~ 2020 (age 99)


Sylvia Agnes (nee Urbanczyk) Brown

Died:  December 19, 2020, Santa Clara, California, age 99.

She was born in August 03, 1921 to Bernard Louis Urbanczyk and Geneveva (Jane) Haiduk Urbanczyk in White Deer, Texas, and passed away suddenly after an illness overcame her on December 19, 2020. 

She grew up on her father’s farm with three sisters (Magdalen, Helen, and Angeline) and two brothers (Benedict and Vincent). She became a Registered Nurse, first stationed at Hereford Internment Camp for World War II Italian prisoners of war, in Hereford, Texas. 

She hitch-hiked to San Francisco where she became a waitress.  She never got an order right, but it didn’t matter to the customers, who were all soldiers on leave from the War. Then she moved to San Diego to install instrument panels in Consolidated B-24 Liberator bombers.

She married her wartime sweetheart, Harry Winston Brown on January 3, 1944 in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Amarillo, Texas.  After moving from coast to coast, with various stops in between, she settled in Alamo, California. She and Harry raised three children, Bryan Winston, Michele Sylvia, and Forrest Gregory.

She was an accomplished flower arranger who consistently won top awards at the state level. Her family would tease her on the extremely rare occasion when she earned second place.

She loved to crochet and also make her own Christmas ornaments.  She was very much into jewelry making and enjoyed going to gem shows, as well garage sales and flea markets.

Private services will be held December 31, 2020 at Oakmont Memorial Park & Mortuary, 2099 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette, California 94549



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