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“Cathy,Anna,Rita,MaryE,Margaret,Janice,David, Patricia So sorry to hear about your Mom. I remember years ago at your house. Having so much fun...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Shelley MacDonald Barry - MA

“I will always remember Anna sitting in her seat in front of the TV and greeting me with a genuine smile and an extended hand. She was such a sweet...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Ginger Quinn - Dedham, MA

“Sending my love to the whole Brown family......Tricia, I love you. I remember always being Welcome at the Brown's home. What a gorgeous...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: LIsa M. Pavilaitis - NY - friend

“Hey Mary, Rick, David, & all the rest of the very incredible Brown Family, We were so very sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. She was...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Debra & James Auld - Waltham, MA

“Trisha, I am SO SO sorry for the loss of your mom. It is an immeasurable loss. A mother's love is like no other. But know this, the tears you shed...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Kerri Egan - Braintree, MA

“My condolences to the Brown family. As childhood friends of Rita and Anne, I will always appreciate her open door and her open heart. She was the...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Lee (Swensen) Ridings - MA

“To Dave and the rest of the Brown family, your mom seemed like a caring,cheerful all around great person that I wish I had had the privilege of...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: sheila clifford - waltham, MA

“To Dave and the rest of the Brown family, your mom seemed like a caring,cheerful all around great person that I wish I had had the privilege of...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: sheila clifford - waltham, MA

“Dear Rita, Annie, Mary, and the Brown Family, Your Mom was a "special lady", with a knack of making me, and all those who graced her home feel...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Gail Marie (Swensen) O' Donnell - MA

“To the Brown family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. She was a wonderful lady and a very funny lady. I still remember her waking by...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Bob and Mary Ann mcGovern

“She was a lovely woman. No matter what was going on she always wanted to know how my mom was doing. Really caring! She won't be forgotten. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: mary webster - asheville, NC


Waltham – Mrs. Anna J. (Donahue) Brown, of Waltham, died Friday, August 24, 2012 at her daughter's home in Falmouth. She was 89.

Anna was born in Cambridge on June 18, 1923, a daughter of the late Martin J. and Annie F. (O'Malley) Donahue, both natives of Ireland. She moved to Waltham in 1948, a year after marrying Waltham native James F. Brown on November 29, 1947. The couple remained in Waltham where they raised their family of nine children.

Anna's devotion to her husband and children were unparalleled. Her home reflected the message on a plaque that hung over her door as the children came and went each day . . . 'Love one another'. She was long active with the Waltham Emblem Club where she was a past president and she also belonged to the Mother's Club at Saint Mary's Church on School Street.

Her husband of 47 years, Jim, died July 26, 1994.

She leaves her children, Catherine C. Brown of Nashua, New Hampshire, Rita L. Brown, Anna F. Brown, Mary E. Burke and her husband, Richard, all of Waltham, Margaret E. Bates and her husband, Gary, of Franklin, Janice T. Brown, David J. Brown, both of Waltham, Dorothy M. McCall and her husband, Harry, of Natick and Patricia E. Temte and her husband, John, of Northboro; her sister, Catherine Barry of Dedham; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Anna was also a sister of the late John, Patrick, Albert and Thomas Donahue and Mary Heaney.

Family and friends will honor and remember Anna's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, August 28th, from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will be at 1 p.m. in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

Memorial donations may be made to The Home for Little Wanderers, 271 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.