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Vivian Marie (Gaudette) Brown passed away at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading on Saturday afternoon, June 20, 2020. The beloved wife of the late Harry Brown, she was 88 years old.
Vivian was born, raised, and educated in Lowell. She would meet her future husband, Harry, at a dance at Hanscom Air Force Base in Lexington. They married on October 18, 1958 and moved to Burlington in 1959 where they would raise their five children (Tom, Beth, Gary, Steven, & Bob). Vivian worked a few part-time jobs throughout the years but her most treasured role was that of wife and mother. She was the ultimate homemaker. Vivian put her heart and soul into creating a safe, loving, and comfortable home for her family. She was a wonderful cook and really enjoyed baking. She was the type of mom who was always there for her children supporting them throughout their lives. Vivian and Harry had a wonderful marriage. They were role models for their children showing them the values of a strong marriage and the importance of putting family first.
As a family they enjoyed vacationing at Silver Lake in the New Hampshire lakes region. They also enjoyed camping and visiting many state parks throughout the United States and Canada. In 1999, Vivian and Harry sold their home in Burlington and made their home at Silver Lake their primary residence. They would spend their winters at New Smyrna Beach in Florida.
Vivian was a people person and always wanted to hear about you and what was going on in your life. She had many interests including crafts and reading. Vivian was a talented seamstress. She would make all types of clothing including Halloween costumes for her children. Her faith was an important part of her life and she was a longtime member of St. Malachy’s and St. Margaret’s Churches in Burlington. Her faith and her immense strength helped her through one of the most difficult periods in her life, when her son Steven was killed in a tragic accident at the age of 16.
Vivian’s greatest joy in recent years was her grandchildren. Nothing made her happier then spending time with them or hearing about what was going on in their lives. Vivian will be remembered as a kind, sweet and loving woman who always put the needs of her family first.
Vivian was the beloved wife of the late Harry Brown. She was the loving mother of Thomas Brown & his wife Marybeth of Derry, NH, Beth Fisher & her husband Stevan of Billerica, Gary Brown & his wife Josephine of Weems, VA, Robert Brown & his wife Lori of Salem and the late Steven. Vivian was the proud grandmother of Sean Brown, Stefanie Hammond, Victoria Fisher, Alec Brown, Lily Brown, Amanda Bruno and Frank Bruno and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of Bernard Gaudette of East Longmeadow, Monique DuBois of N. Chelmsford and the late Albert, Paul & Rene Gaudette.
Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington on Tuesday, June 23 from 4-7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington on Wednesday, June 24 at 10 a.m. Burial to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington. For those who cannot attend the Mass, it will be live-streamed on this website (see link at the top of this page).