Wendy was the valedictorian of her high school class in Gilbertsville. She went on to Upstate Medical to become an RN. Later she received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from SUNY Oneonta. All of our circle of family and friends relied on her to help with medical issues. People will remember Wendy as beautiful and gentle but she was fierce in helping her sons overcome difficulties when they were boys. She was fierce as a high school senior in Gilbertsville, organizing the school to change its hiring policies. She knew when she was right.
As a financial adviser Wendy was passionate about her clients. She often would visit clients on the weekend, especially if someone was ill. She was really everyone’s angel.
After Willis met Wendy at SUCO they became inseparable. Willis completed his bachelor’s degree in physics at SUCO. He then went to Syracuse University where he completed a bachelor’s in electrical engineering. He had several high-profile jobs in engineering in Wisconsin, California and Texas. Wherever Willis work he worked harder and better than anyone in the job. Willis also served in the nuclear Navy for six years.
In 2001 Wendy and Willis moved back to New York state, to Franklin, to be closer to family, especially Wendy’s beloved sister Erna. The move brought Wendy and Willis closer to both sets of parents. There were no more conscientious sons or daughters than Wendy and Willis. There were no better parents. There were no better community members than Wendy and Willis Brown.
They had a wonderful shared family and the list of survivors is too long to include here.
They are survived immediately by their beloved sons Garrett and Daniel Brown and their partners, Holly Stanford and Angie Willert. Willis is survived by his mother, Ruth Brown, brothers David and Marty and spouses Mary and Betty. Wendy is survived by her sisters, Erna, Maxine and Betty and their husbands Tom Morgan, Keith Allen and Jerry Robinson. There are so many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews that we cannot list them here. Please be certain the whole family will always love you as much as Wendy and Willis did. And we are already planning the Fourth of July extravaganza in their memory. On the evening of Dec. 21 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, there will be a special version of a Hometown Christmas in honor of Wendy and Willis.