Catherine (Kay) Joan Brown

Catherine (Kay) Joan Brown, age 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 27, 2022.  Kay was born on October 14, 1933 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, to Irvin and Mildred Griepentrog.

Kay grew up in Waupun, Wisconsin.  She was a 1951 graduate of Waupun High School where she was a cheerleader, played the clarinet, and participated in drama.  She graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing, in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1954.  She worked in pediatrics in Madison for several years before moving to Texas where she spent the next 40 years of her nursing career working in a pediatric practice for Dr. Ben Dildy, and associates, in Richardson, Texas.

In 1955, Kay married David C. Brown of Madison, Wisconsin and had 3 children, Diane, Cathy, and David.

Kay loved her work in pediatrics.  She’d often be on the phone from home, doling out medical advice to friends and family, or poking shots into arms at the kitchen table.  She enjoyed bridge, movies, slot machines, Elvis, and spending time with her grandkids.  She was a skilled knitter and an avid sports fan.   She faithfully followed the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and Dallas Mavericks.  Kay carried on the Griepentrog tradition as a wonderful baker.  Her kids will never forget, or duplicate, her cinnamon rolls, angel food cake, and fudge bottom pie.

Kay is survived by: her children, Diane M. (David) Boddicker of Antioch, IL; Catherine A. Brown of Whitewright, TX; and David G. Brown of Dallas, TX; her grandchildren in Texas, Mark A. and Emily R. Stein and Amanda C. and Alicia M. Brown; her sister, Joyce A. (Thomas) Funck of Middleton, Wisconsin; nieces, nephews, cousins, and very special friends.

There will be a memorial mass for Kay on Wednesday, April 27 at 11:00am at All Saints Catholic Church, 5231 Meadowcreek Dr., Dallas, TX.  Interment will be in Wisconsin at a later date.

The family would like to thank everyone who helped our Mom along her life’s journey.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

And, as a last act of defiance, Mom, I told you I was going to add this… “always on our backs, but forever in our hearts” – we will miss you!




5 replies on “Catherine (Kay) Joan Brown”

Janet A. Clarenbach Mallon says:

Kay Brown was one of the neighborhood Moms when we were growing up on Eton Ridge in Madison, WI. We would often be invited to a BYOB (Bring Your Own BLANKET) for a front lawn picnic in the summer. She’d make the Kool-Aid. Later after my own son was well into his 20’s, I reconnected with Kay (and Diane) and Kay knitted some adorable sweaters for some youngsters in my life. Kay was a fun Mom, great neighbor and such a giving a caring human being. She will be sorely missed. ❤️

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Kristin Kaltenberg says:

Auntie Kay, you were the best aunt a girl could ask for. Always willing to listen to my rants about my Mom (your sistah’) when I was a teen, and always right there to laugh with me about those times as well as laughing with me about our entire family’s ‘unique’ actions and personalities. 😉 It always felt like you were on my side, and that you ‘got me’. Feeling that got me through alot of Teen angst. Heck, it got me through most of life’s angst.
You are/were the best Auntie Kay and I will miss you terribly. I love you Auntie Kay … till we meet again. 💗

Anonymous says:

Dear family of Kay,

Please accept my condolence at the loss of your Mother. I am praying that fond memories, of fun and laughter will console and soothe your hearts as you grieve the loss of your mom.
I am a graduate of St Mary’s nursing school,1956.
Blessings , Lucretia Slightam Danielson

Kay E Severance says:

Dear family of Miss Kay,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother and grandmother. My children were patients of Dr. Dildy and Kay in Richardson, TX. Back in those days when young families were asking their friends for the best pediatrician in North Dallas the reply was always Dr. Dildy. I loved the mural of hot air balloons in the waiting room and I was told it was painted by Kay. What wonderful memories!
May Kay’s soul rest in peace.
God Bless,
Kay Severance
Parishioner of All Saints, Dallas, TX

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