Josephine G. "Jody" Brown, a homemaker and volunteer, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 17 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 88.

Josephine Griffith, a Mayflower descendant, was born in Leesburg, Va., and raised in Hamilton, Va., and Winchester, Va.

She was a graduate of Roberts Beach Preparatory School in Catonsville and earned a bachelor's degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.

In 1942, she married John W. Brown Jr., who later became president and CEO of Title Guarantee Co. He died in 2005.

For years, the couple lived at Hampshire Woods in Towson, moving to the Blakehurst retirement community in 2001.

Mrs. Brown was a longtime active communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson, where she volunteered in its Surprise Shop.

She volunteered with Central Maryland Can Too, which collects and distributes knit hats and scarves to various charities, and in the health care center at Blakehurst. She was also a member of the Needlework Guild.

Mrs. Brown and her husband were avid world travelers and had lived abroad for eight years while visiting 45 countries, family members said.

She was a collector of antiques and especially blue glass.

A memorial service for Mrs. Brown will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles Street.

Surviving are three sons, John W. Brown III of Essex Fells, N.J., Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Daniel G. Brown of Fairfax Station, Va., and T. Walker Brown of Charlotte, N.C.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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