March 14, 1915 - September 28, 2016
San Antonio, Texas | Age 101
Miss G. Joan Brown, of Kent, England, born March 14, 1915, passed away in San Antonio, September 28, 2016, at 101 years old.
Miss Brown, more lovingly referred to as Nanny Brown, earned the moniker legitimately from her lifelong vocation serving families and their children as a traditional British Nanny. She trained in London from her early teen years at a baby nursery and school for Nannies. With war looming, she left the UK for New York City with her American family. However, she felt compelled to return to her homeland to aid in the British war effort by working at a home for orphans and the homeless and knitting socks and rolling bandages. She was deeply affected by that experience for her lifetime and talked of it often with sadness as if it had only recently occurred.
Her work led her to live for several years each in Scotland, London, New York City, on an Australian sheep station and in San Francisco before discovering and settling in San Antonio.
When working she had a multitude of activities and interests, one of which was being an inveterate scribe, participating in several pen pal, round robin letters around the world. She found San Antonio when visiting one of these new friends and left the hills and damp weather of San Francisco to settle in Texas. Nanny blended into whatever the family was interested in. Her Texas family was made up of lifelong learners, outdoor enthusiasts and sports lovers. Nanny learned to love the ranching life, the Cowboys, the Spurs and Duke basketball, but her favorite was the New York Mets.
She was a voracious reader of many genres from historical novels to science fiction, rereading many books several times. She loved travel, exploring places she had never seen, giving her a full life. She loved her British roots, gardening, her beloved cats, classical music, her church and she cherished many and varied friendships. Drawn to young people, she became an adopted granny to many. She did handwork for pleasure and for fundraising for the Daughters of the British Empire, which she served in San Antonio as secretary and regent, supporting Mountbatten Home in Houston.
She stated. "I never meant to be a Nanny, but the Lord chose it for me and I have never regretted His choice. I have had a wonderful life. I've seen so many of His wonders in many corners of the world and my days have been full of friendships and much, much love." God Save the Queen!
Miss Brown is pre-deceased by her parents and brother, John Vosper Brown. She is survived by her nephew, Giles Vosper-Brown, his wife Rachel and two grand nieces, Chloe and Hebe from England, as well as her San Antonio family, Sally Kleberg, her sons and their families, Drs. Benjamin and Shannon Espy, and their children, Madeleine, Claudia, Benjamin and Eli and Thomas and Holly Espy and their son, Hayden.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 17 at 10:00AM at Christ Episcopal Church, 510 Belknap, San Antonio, TX 78212. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Mountbatten House, c/o 2803 Kings Forest Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339; Christ Episcopal Church: 510 Belknap, San Antonio, TX; 78212; or SNIPSA,
P O Box 90325, San Antonio, TX 78209.