Each ride-day the Light the Trail team will #Ride4 a victim of suicide to honor and celebrate their life, and to further healthy conversation about this important topic. If there’s someone you’d like us to #Ride4, please visit the #Ride4 page.

October 2, 2017: #Ride4 Audrey Ann Brown (by Catherine Conolly)

Tell us about them…

Nan Brown was a teacher, mother, grandmother, bird-watcher, reader, and committed Christian. Nan grew up in west Texas with 5 brothers and one sister. She was proud of her sturdy Texas roots. Nan went to Baylor College (as it was known then) and married in 1953. She taught school, and had three children including my husband the eldest.

Nan welcomed me to the family - not small feat, as I am the token Yankee in this southern family. She was generous and loving, and we shared many good times, with and without the grand-children. We shared a love of watching birds, and learning about their behavior.

Nan exhibited signs of early Alzheimer’s in her mid-sixties. She had seen her father develop Alzheimer’s in his 80s, and was afraid of it. With the wonderful support of Rodney, her husband of 50 years, she lived at home until a year before she died. My father in law took her to Paris in the early portion of her illness, because she had always wanted to see it. He made movies, which he edited together into a great travelogue, and she watched those movies over and over as her abilities declined, taking great joy in that trip. She died at 78, after ten years of struggling through Alzheimer’s.

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