Grace Marie Tyree Brown, widow of William Lloyd Brown, died Saturday morning after a lengthy illness. She was 86. Grace was born at Dry Fork in Letcher County on February 15, 1927 to William Curtis and Ollie McCray Tyree. She married Lloyd on June 4, 1947. To this union four children were born, three of whom survive her: Elizabeth Ann, William Donald, and Nancy Ilene; Wade Anthony died in 1993.
Grace enrolled at Pine Mountain Settlement School at Bledsoe in Harlan County where she graduated in 1945. At Pine Mountain, Grace practiced and refined many of the skills, such as cooking, sewing, and home economics, she had learned from her mother. She also enjoyed participating in athletics and drama at the school.
Following graduation, Grace returned to Dry Fork and awaited Lloyd’s return from World War II. In 1958, Grace became interim postmaster at the tiny Crown post office, succeeding her mother-in-law, Florence Richmond Brown, who served as postmaster for 22 years. In 1959, she was appointed permanent postmaster. Upon her retirement in 1990, Grace told The Mountain Eagle that, “I feel like I’m happy, then I feel like I’m empty — like I’m lost. I’ll miss the people.” The Crown post office closed when she retired.
In retirement, Grace enjoyed working with Lloyd in their business, the Dry Fork Market. Following the death of her mother, Ollie, and the birth of her grandson, Kirk, in November 1991, Grace retired from the store business to look after Kirk.
When Lloyd retired from business in 1999, he and Grace spent a quiet retirement at home, the grandchildren nearly all grown up. Grace continued her tradition of cooking Sunday breakfast and lunch until her health began to fail. At her table, all were welcome.