Elizabeth Ann “Betty” McCarthy Brown, 73

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” McCarthy Brown slipped away on March 24, 2015 in Chicago, after a lengthy illness.

McCarthy Brown was born October 3, 1941, in Omaha, Nebraska, daughter of James and Mary Loveridge McCarthy.

McCarthy Brown was a long-time resident of Hyde Park, Chicago. She held a BA in International Studies from Ohio State University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago. As a director of children’s programs at Abraham Lincoln Center, she worked tirelessly for many years to improve the lives of Chicago’s young people and families. After retirement, she continued to be active in the Council of International Programs, encouraging international involvement in the Chicago community. She also immersed herself in her role as Grandma Betty, cherishing visits and time with her three granddaughters and numerous grand-nieces and nephews.

McCarthy Brown was a dear, dear friend and family to many around the world, and will be sorely missed.

McCarthy Brown was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 37 years, V. K. “Ken” Brown Jr., her sisters Catherine Derr, Eileen Childers, and Marion Greenawald. She is survived by her stepsons Vergil K. Brown III and Steven M. Brown, her granddaughters Lindsay, Nina, and Ann Brown, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her good friend Sandra Patterson, who cared for her in the last months of her life.

A celebration of her life is planned for Saturday, October 3 in Hyde Park. Contact Gil Brown at vkbrowniii@cox.net for details. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the ACLU or the Salvation Army.