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Winsome S. Brown, a homemaker and community volunteer, passed away on June 3rd in her sleep at home in Dickerson, Maryland at the age of 97.

The former Winsome Sylvia Drage was born in Bozeat, England. She was the daughter of Cyril Neal Drage and Phyllis Scouse.

In 1946 she married R. Edwin Brown whom she met in England when he was stationed nearby at the Poddington Air Base during World War II.

During WWII Winsome was a veteran of the British Land Army and a long- time member of the Daughters of the British Empire. Mrs. Brown was also a founding member and past president of both the Historical Medley Society and the Monocacy Garden Club. She was a longtime member of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and on numerous church committees including, the Altar Guild, the Flower Guild, the Vestry and a Sunday School teacher. “She did the tasks and chores that needed to be done, not for the recognition, but for helping others,” said her son, Herbert Brown.

An inveterate world traveler, she had visited all seven continents, including trips to Russia, China and South America. Besides her many travels she was an avid gardener and knitter.

Winsome was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Brown of 73 years; sisters, Kathleen Elderton, Alison Botterill and two brothers, Malcolm Drage and Ian Drage.

She is survived by three sons, Malcolm Brown and companion, Carolyn Benson of Charleston, SC, Herbert Brown and wife, Joyce of Dickerson, MD, Neal Brown and wife, Colleen of Dickerson Maryland; one daughter, Phyllis Brown and husband Paul Swensen of Towson, Maryland; one brother, Graham Drage of Bozeat, England;  ten grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

A private burial service is planned for family members. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Peters Episcopal Church, PO Box 387, Poolesville, MD 20837.



Rest In Peace, Winsome! Thank you always for your sparkle, your kindness, your warmth and graciousness. And for the joy, not too long ago, of your sharing your experiences as a “Land Girl” during WWII with our book club members. My condolences to all of the Brown family on your loss of such a great woman

From: Linda Pepe

Our deepest condolences to the Brown family. Love: Cayce Lane, Lauren Bryan, Katherine Wood, Kendra Crantford, Jess Leggett & Ryan Smith

From: Cayce Lane

To the entire Brown family. Our deepest condolences on your great loss. I remember her so well at St. Peter's Church. DAVID SEYMOUR, U.S. NAVY (RET) PHS CLASS OF 1964 POOLESVILLE: 1948-1964


Rest in Peace Winsome. You were a strong woman and I always appreciated your sense of humor. Tell Ed we said Hi when you see him. You're finally both together again for eternity!

From: Bruce Kirby

Our deepest condolences to the Brown family. Lifting you all in our thoughts and prayers.

From: Angela Kleimola

Rest In Peace Winsome. A very interesting, sweet and lovely lady. Remembered forever.

From: Ms. Joey H Caywood

Although I never personally met Mrs. Brown or her husband, I can say they have supported the community of Poolesville in lots of ways for lots of years. Including the Poolesville Area Senior Center. Thank you, and may you rest in peace.

From: Reneta Funk

Sending my heartfelt condolences on the loss of an amazing woman. I’ve always looked up to her with such admiration for being such a wonderful giving lady. She was the definition of class, kindness, courtesy and more. Love as Always, Valaree Norman Dickerson

From: Valaree Norman Dickerson

We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family.

From: The Hilton Family

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