Jerry "Aunt Linda" Brown (Jones)
Jerry “Linda” Jones Brown, 77, returned to her Heavenly Father on September 2nd, 2018. She was born on December 21st, 1940 in Columbia Mississippi. Linda was the 5th daughter of Pauline & Henry Jones. Her sisters were Myrtle, Juanita, Bonnie and Lois all born in Alberta Canada. As a family, they moved quite a bit for Henry’s work, and finally ended up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a child, Linda loved going to the carnivals when they came into town. She especially loved the ferris wheel, the brilliance of the lights and the exciting atmosphere. Linda graduated from Istrouma High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1959. At 15, Linda and 7 car loads of girls went to dance with the troops of the Keesler Air Force Base. It was there that she met the love of her life, her soul mate and her eternal companion, Wallace Lawrence Brown from American Fork Utah.
Linda married Wallace Brown on October 10, 1959 in a ceremony performed by her father, James Henry Jones. They were sealed a few days later in the Salt Lake City LDS temple on October 19, 1959. Wallace and Linda moved to Los Angeles California where Wallace attended Los Angeles City College and worked a variety of jobs. They returned to Louisiana in 1965, residing in Zachary for 33 years, Baker for 10 years and then Baton Rouge for the past 10 years. They were faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Linda was passionate about two things: her love for her family and friends, and her testimony of her Faith. Some excerpts from her journal follow:
“The memories of my mom and dad are many. Mississippi living was very good, especially when we were on the coast. We would go fishing a lot in the afternoons and on Saturdays, when Dad would come home from work. A treat was to go to the little cafe and get stuffed crabs for ten cents each, bring them home, then Mom would fix fries and we would drink Barq’s Root Beer. Mom and Dad bought a camp in Columbia and we stayed one weekend a month there. After a week of school or work in Baton Rouge, Mom would have supper in a brown bag or box and away we would go. We would sing songs, tell stories, and do things like that. During our traveling, we stopped a lot along the way. Most of the time the people knew us by name and Dad knew them by name as well. I don’t think Dad or Mom ever met a stranger. I know we were blessed because of his generosity to everyone he met. “
“Dad and Mom taught me that the Lord loves me and that I am a special person here on this Earth -- that my choices affect me and my children and my children’s children. He taught me to love and not hate, and to forgive is much better. My world will be much better to live in if there is peace and happiness. I am so proud to have been born into such a wonderful family and to have, as my father, James Henry Jones and my mother, Pauline McDaniel Jones. I have wonderful sisters, Myrtle, Juanita, Bonnie and Lois, whom I love dearly. I truly do love my family.”
“My sister Myrtle didn’t want me at first because she couldn’t believe that her mom was having a baby when she was 18 years old. Momma called Myrtle to help with me and when she bent down to help, I grabbed her finger; Myrtle became my second Mom from then on. Juanita and her husband Leonard had bought a new Ford Fairlane car and I had just turned 15 and they trusted me with her new car and their 2 most precious things on earth, Anna Lyn and Donnie to go to Primary. Bonnie taught me how to sew a little and if you do it right the first time, you don’t have to take those little bitty stitches out. Lois was like a big sister to me. She would take Anna, Donnie and me to the drive-in movie or to the park or anywhere we wanted to go. I love my children, Larry and Sherri, Kevin and Suzi, Jay and Heidi, Eric and Julee and David. I love all of my little grandchildren. All 20 of them. I love my little great grandchildren as well.
“Dear Sisters and Brothers, I would like to tell you about my love and my testimony. I want to tell you that I believe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true for me. I love my Heavenly Father and I know he has plans for each of us. I love my Brother, Jesus Christ. If there is any that I have offended in any way, I would like to apologize and I would like to make it right in any way possible. I love our Prophet and General Authorities and try my best to follow all of their council. I love our Stake President and his Counselors. I love my Bishop and his counselors.
“I have had 5 different types of chemotherapy and none of them has worked. They gave me an option of trying an experimental drug, if I wanted to be a guinea pig which I accepted. For 3 months I was so sick but if it would help 1 person with cancer, I would do it all over again. It was a Hail Mary Pass that I thought I was throwing to my favorite receiver “Jerry Rice” however he didn’t catch it.
“I know it won’t be long until I am with my sweetheart again. I am also looking forward to finally getting to be a mother to my son Eric, who I haven’t seen for over 50 year. I am also looking forward to hugging and spoiling my 2 grandchildren that will be waiting for me too, Devan and Monique. I love each one of you and I say this in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen. “
Wallace and Linda Brown had 5 children, Wallace Lawrence Brown, Jr. (Larry) married to Sherrie Johnston, James Kevin Brown married to Susan Keh, Jay Dean Brown married to Heidi Blanchard, William Eric (deceased 1972) and Julee Lynett Brown married to David Brunson.
20 grandchildren include Dale Montgomery Harvey married to Anna Bovee , Lane Smith married to Marie Escaler, Monique Poirier (deceased 2016), Wesley Brown, Andrien (Andi) Poirier, Christy Brown, Preston Poirier, Corbin Brown, Jaedi Ann Brown Watkins married to Braden Watkins, Olivia Brown Albright married to James Albright, Naomi Brown, Ammon Brown, Jessie Girot, Melissa Call, Zach Sawka, Terrah Sawka, Johnny Sawka, Jamee Brunson Plummer married to Chase Plummer, Taylor Brunson married to Caitlin Murray, and Devan Brunson (deceased 2017).
15 great-grandchildren include Rielleigh Welton, Aurora (Rory) Harvey, Layla Smith, Havan Smith, Hannah Smith, Kayden Poirier, Gabriel (Gabe) Tomlinson, Sadie Davila, Dezmond Watkins, Steffen Watkins, Jaxon Albright, Aiden Ledford, Jaxson Ledford, Jace Plummer and Preston Plummer.
Beloved nephew is Donnie Cooper married to Janice.
Linda is also survived by many loving friends considered as family by the Brown’s. These people included the Russel Penton Clan, the James Rioux family, the Vicki and Rusty Beard family, the Cooper family, the Joe Martin family, the Talley family, the Ed Hall family and the Ferguson family. Linda Brown would say that these were the family she picked for herself here on earth.
The Brown family would also like to thank the many doctors who cared for Linda over the years; she considered them all friends: Doctors T. Broussard, M. Gurisco, S. Adjai, S. Puyau, Alec Hirsch and D. DeSimone, with Elizabeth Heirtzler, DDS,
Viewing will be Friday, September 7, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Charlet Funeral Home 4230 High St. Zachary LA 70791
Grave side dedication will be on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the cemetery next to the LDS Pride Louisiana meeting house 16135 Milldale Road, Zachary (Pride), Louisiana 70791
In lieu of flowers, Linda would love you to spend an evening with your family.
Pall Bearers: Wesley Brown, Christy Brown, Preston Poirier, Andi Poirier, Taylor Brunson, Lane Smith, Victor Penton and Alex Paul with Zach Sawka, Johnny Sawka, Jesse Girot, Corbin Brown, Ammon Brown, Dale Harvey and Jim Rioux as honorary pall bearers.