Ann and Hunt Brown
Former Wilton residents, Ann and Hunt Brown, died within two weeks of each other after more than 70 years of a loving and devoted marriage. Ann died October 3, 2012. Hunt died October 16, 2012. They were residing at The Retreat in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Ann was born in Lynchburg, Virginia September 29, 1918 to Matthew Edward Towson and Ruth Morgan Towson. She was raised in Gainesville, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida College for Women.
Hunt was born in Spuyten Duyvil, New York City, on December 10, 1916 to Lowell Huntington Brown and Constance McKelvey Brown. He graduated from Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA and Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. in 1941.
Hunt was a WWII Naval Aviator and Navy Lieutenant, stationed in the South Pacific, Squadron 33 in 1941. As a Naval Pilot, he flew a Hellcat. He was shot down August 28, 1943 during action against enemy Japanese forces, for which he received the Air Medal and Purple Heart.
Ann and Hunt were married July 25,1942 in Gainesville FL. After the war, they lived in Wilton, CT from 1948-1977, where they raised their three daughters. They lived in Portsmouth, NH from 1977-1987, and Gainesville, FL from 1987-2011.
Ann and Hunt had many interests and talents. While a teenager, Ann worked as an announcer at University of Florida's WRUF radio station and hosted a call-in show for soldiers. After the war, she was an avid gardener and an active member of the Wilton Garden Club where was known for her artistic floral arrangements. In 1958, Ann wrote a book for children, How Does A Garden Grow. Her friend, Peggy Sanders, also from Wilton, was the photographer. (E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc) The book was exhibited at the World's Fair in Brussels.
Ann and Hunt enjoyed tennis and paddle tennis and were members of the Wilton Riding Club, where Hunt was president for a couple of years in the 1960s. Hunt enjoyed sailing his Catboat, Secret, in Long Island Sound with friends and family. Ann and Hunt had very fond memories of sing-along-parties at Compo Beach accompanied by Ann playing the uke. Hunt was also involved in town politics, and in the '50s and '60s, Ann and Hunt were both active members at St. Matthew's Parish where they taught Sunday school.
Ann and Hunt are survived by their three daughters: Kelvey Woodman of Concord, MA; Archer von Louda of Gainesville, FL; and Brucie Mayfield of Santa Fe, NM; as well as six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.