Olivia Ramsey Brown – Shelburne

On Sept. 6, 2012, a life well lived came to a peaceful end for Olivia “Georgie” Brown at the age of 86, under the loving care of her family and the Long Term Care Unit at Wake Robin Living Community. Georgie was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the beloved daughter of William and Olivia Ramsey. She completed her elementary and secondary schooling at Miss Doherty’s College Preparatory School for Girls (now Seven Hills). She attended Connecticut College for Women prior to marrying Duncan Fraser Brown in 1945. They moved to Vermont in 1950, where they made their home and raised their five children. She is remembered by many for her countless hours of library volunteer work and was instrumental in the founding of the South Burlington Community Library. She served on the State of Vermont Board of Libraries and was a former board member to the Vermont Council of the Humanities. Soon after her arrival at Wake Robin in 1995, she spent much time contributing to and organizing the residents’ library. Georgie left a rich legacy of writings to her children based on a lifetime’s worth of correspondence, travel journals and reflections of her world as her life’s journey changed over time. She is survived by her five children, daughter, Olivia “Muffie” Milens and her husband, Sanders, and their daughter, Hillary; son, Duncan F. Brown II, known to most as “Kim,” and his wife, Jane, and their daughter, Abigail; son, Peter and his wife, Maricar, and their sons, Willie and Dylan; daughter, Melissa; and daughter, Annie Voldman and her husband, Steven, and their children, Aaron and Rachel; brother, Bill Ramsey; sister, Anne Blankenhorn; cousins, Henry Lyman, and Jim Williams; as well as many nieces and nephews. A Circle of Remembrance will be held on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Wake Robin at 2 pm, followed by a reception in celebration of Georgie’s life. Donations in Georgie’s memory may be made to either the Wake Robin Employee Appreciation (EA) Fund, Wake Robin Drive, Shelburne, VT 05482, or to a local library of your choice.

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