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Tatsue (Kay) Brown

KEWANEE - Tatsue (Kay) Brown (81) died at 4:30 PM on Monday November 25, 2013. She passed away peacefully, in her home, with her husband by her side, after a ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s and Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. She left this world, with the same quiet grace and dignity, that she had lived her life. She had developed her strong inter strength and determination for survival as teenage girl surviving in post World War 2 Japan.
Visitation will be Friday Nov. 29 from 6 to 8 PM at the Rux Funeral home and a Buddhist Memorial Ceremony will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 1:00 P.M. Cremation will follow the service and her ashes will be interred at the appropriate time with her husband at Rock Island Veterans Cemetery.
She was born November 18, 1932 on the Island of Amami O-Shima of the Kyushu Prefecture, in southern Japan. She was the youngest of 7 children. Her father Yoshiey Satoyama and mother Asamatsue Satoyoma both preceded her in death. She grew up in the farming village of Kachiura. She moved to Okinawa during the 1950’s to work as a civilian employee of the U. S. Army. On Okinawa she met and married her husband, of 50 years, Ford Brown who was an Air Force Officer assigned to Kadena Air Base.
In December 1968 she traveled to America, with her two children, to join her husband who was assigned to Chanute Air Force Base at Rantoul, Illinois. While at Rantoul she became an avid bowler. A hobby that she would enjoy for many years. She was also very active in advancing the philosophy of the Nichiren Shosho Sect of Buddhism.
Years later she would be recognized by the Japanese leaders of the Internationally recognized lay organization of the Nichiren Sect, Soka Gakkai International as an “American Pioneer” in the advancement of Buddhism in America.
In 1974 she moved with her husband to Kewanee when he became a counselor at Kewanee High School. Being an accomplished seamstress she was asked by Kewanee Athletics to make the NCIC school conference banners that hung in the Kewanee High School Brockman gymnasium during the 1970’s and 80’s.
She enjoyed gardening and her love of flowers gave her great joy. She was an outstanding cook and enjoyed preparing holiday treats for her family. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. She enjoyed fishing and she was a Miami Dolphins, and Chicago White Sox fan. She was also a tremendous fan of Boiler Girls basketball.
She will be remembered for her joyful pursuit of life and her never faltering positive attitude. She considered every obstacle in life as an opportunity to demonstrate the positive power of determination and the strength of the human spirit. Her infectious smile and ever-present patience, even in the face of adversity, were a continuous reminder of her inter peace and tremendous personal courage. She was the rock foundation upon which her family was built. .
She had 3 brothers and 3 sisters, all of who preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband Ford Brown, her son Jack Brown (Becki), of Bloomington Ill., her granddaughter Emily Kay Brown, her grandson Parker Brown, and her son Mac Brown of Lisle Ill.
Memorials may be made to the Soka University Scholarship Fund, The Kewanee Animal Shelter or to the family to be used as needed.
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