Polly Puryear Brown, 88, of Newport, died peacefully on June 29th at Crystal Bluffs, in Morehead City. Services will be held on Wednesday, July 10th at 2:00pm at First United Methodist Church, 900 Arendell Street, in Morehead City. Visitation is at 1:00 in the Atrium.
Polly was born May 19, 1931 in western Kentucky. Her formative years were spent growing up on a farm there with many happy memories of her cousins. After interning for her hometown senator in Washington D.C., she attended the University of Kentucky and met her husband-to-be on a blind date. She adored him at first sight. They were married May 29, 1954, celebrating their 65th anniversary this year.
Polly followed her husband and his Marine Corps career through many moves and deployments from coast to coast. After her husband’s retirement in 1974, she was the catalyst for his second successful career in the restaurant business. Despite her Kentucky roots and many travels, Polly and Ray became happy Eastern North Carolina transplants. In 1982, they chose Carteret County as home. Polly loved her family, her cats, her blue martins, her garden, cooking and making their home a special place for everyone. She treasured her friends from Onslow and Carteret Counties…and the many she made during her early cross-country moves.
She is survived by her husband, Rangeley Adair (Ray) Brown, a daughter, Peggy Adair Burns and husband Charlton, and a son Thomas Peyton Brown and wife Joanne, grandsons Zachary and wife Rebecca, Andrew Jett and wife Allison, and one great grand-daughter, Adair Ann.
It is with love and gratitude that we lay Polly to rest after a long illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Crystal Coast Hospice House, P.O. Box 640, Newport, NC 28570.