In Loving Memory of Doris Mae Brown: 1941-2022


Doris Mae Brown of Renton, Washington, was born Doris Mae Lang on Feb. 20, 1941, in Old Appleton, Missouri, to Virgil and Mamie Lang. She was the sister of Harold Lang, Don Lang, Mary Beth McDaniel, Carolyn Schwartz and Rick Lang.

Doris passed away on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, at the age of 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was a loving wife and beloved mother. She was kind, loyal and a friend to all she knew. She loved her family passionately, especially her grandchildren. She loved baking and gardening. Her favorites were her dahlias and rhododendrons that filled her yard in Centralia. She was extremely active in the Centralia Emblem Club. 

She grew up in Old Appleton, Missouri, and moved to Washington state with her husband, Paul, after his graduation from college. Initially, they settled in Vancouver, but soon moved to Centralia where she lived most of her adult life and where she raised her family. She is survived by Paul Brown Jr, her husband of 60 years; their three children, Dennis Brown, of San Antonio, Texas, Tim Brown, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Michele Brown, of Renton, Washington; seven grandchildren, Sarah Montes, Danielle Alvarez, husband Aaron, Tegan Brown, Elizabeth Brown, Noah Brown, Ryann Ortega and Addison Ortega; and five great-granddaughters, Eva Ortega, Hayley and Xena Montes, Lily Brown and Milia Alvarez. She was preceded in death by granddaughters Ayla and Ruth Brown. 

A memorial service will be held in Missouri in June 2023.