Dominican Sister of Peace, Sister Jeanne (Sr. Mary Jarrett) Brown died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on Saturday, December 26, 2020.
She was born in 1934 in Astoria, NY, to Ruth Cunningham and Harold Brown. She attended both Dominican Academy in New York and Ohio Dominican University. Her Dominican education must have affected her deeply, because she entered the Congregation after completing her studies at Ohio Dominican in 1956. Sr. Jeanne made first profession in 1958 and took her final vows in 1963, living a life of service to God and the Church for 62 years.
Sr. Jeanne earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Ohio Dominican University, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University and a Certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education from the University of Virginia.
She ministered as a primary school teacher and principal in Connecticut, Michigan, and Ohio for more than 20 years. In 1986, she joined the administrative staff at Ohio Dominican focusing on faculty education and academic affairs.
After completing her study in Clinical Pastoral Education, Sr. Jeanne ministered as a counselor, as a campus and parish minister, and as a hospice volunteer in Columbus, OH.
Sister Jeanne’s talents were also put to the service of her Congregation, as she served as Vocation Director, Director of Temporary Professed Sisters, Chairperson of the Justice Committee and Director of Ministry.
Sr. Jeanne was an active volunteer at the Columbus Motherhouse from 2009 until she moved into her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center in 2014. Even while at Mohun, she continued her close friendships with Sisters and those she met while serving the Congregation.
Sr. Jeanne Brown was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Harold Brown and Ruth Cunningham Brown, her brothers, Dr. Thomas and James, and her sisters, Ruthmary Carey, and Margaret Ann Geissler. She is survived by a niece and nephews.
Sr. Jeanne was buried in a private service at St. Joseph Cemetery, Columbus, OH, on December 30, 2020. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
To view and download a PDF of Sr. Jeanne’s memorial, please click here.