---- — PLATTSBURGH — Mrs. Dawn M. Brown, 74, of LaBarre Street, Plattsburgh, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the CVPH Medical Center with her family by her side. She was born in Plattsburgh on Dec. 11, 1938, the daughter of Ross and Ruth (Parsons) Vassar.
Dawn married LeRoy E. Brown Sr. at St. Joseph's Church, West Chazy, on Feb. 4, 1956. She was first and utmost a very devoted wife and mother.
She enjoyed spending time and making precious memories with all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Although her family was large, so was her heart. She cared for many others of all ages, close family friends of the community and especially her own parents. Dawn spent a great deal of time in her gardens; camping, fishing, dancing and socializing throughout her entire life.
Dawn was a member of the American Legion Post #20 Ladies Auxiliary and St. Peter's Church. She and her husband generously donated to St. Peter's Church and donated the Crucifix at St. Peter's Cemetery on the Priests Circle.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, LeRoy E. Brown Sr.; her brothers; Ross Vassar Jr., Wayne Vassar, and Douglas Vassar; a daughter-in-law, Ruth Brown; and a grandson, Joseph Brown.
Dawn is survived by her children, Debra Russell and her husband Randy of Plattsburgh, LeRoy Brown Jr. and his wife Deborah of Morrisonville, Lisa Carter-White of West Lebanon, N.H., Michael Brown of Plattsburgh, and Mark Brown of Plattsburgh; two brothers, Bruce Vassar and his wife Elizabeth of Goose Creek, S.C., and Reginald Vassar of Champlain; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, N.Y. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, at St. Peter's Church. Interment will be at St. Peter's Cemetery. Friends wishing may make donations to Third Age Adult Center. Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901 (518)561-3980. Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com