Leonard S. Brown (1917-2003) & Mary Nell Brown (1917-2004)

Both native Arkansans, Leonard and Mary Nell spent most of their lives in Hot Springs, AR. They are the parents of Stephen Brown of Bella Vista and Becky Pawelczak of Hot Springs. Leonard and Mary Nell came from difficult childhoods, but found each other at the outbreak of WWII and were together for 63 years. Throughout their lives, they were generous to their family, friends, church and community with their time, talents and possessions. They instilled in their children the importance of giving back to the community and to care for those less fortunate. While neither Leonard nor Mary Nell had formal education, they encouraged both of their children to achieve their educational pursuits which they have. Stephen has degrees from Henderson State University, Wichita State University and the U of A. Becky graduated from the U of A. Both Leonard and Mary Nell have been true inspirations to their families, friends and all who have known them.


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