Sibyl J. Brown, volunteer and gardener, dies

Sibyl J. Brown, a homemaker, avid gardener and former longtime Owings Mills resident, died Sunday of heart failure at Brightwood Center in Lutherville.

She was 96.

Sibyl Jackson, the daughter of a real estate developer and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Brooklandville and Lutherville.

She attended Bryn Mawr School until her junior year, when she was sent to the Convent and Academy of the Visitation in Georgetown. She graduated from that school in 1932.

Mrs. Brown worked in the art department in the early 1930s at Hutzler's department store before taking a job a short time later as a receptionist at 100 W. University Parkway, an apartment house that had recently opened.

In 1938, she was married to J. Dorsey Brown, an investment banker who later was president of the Baltimore Stock Exchange. He died in 1958.

Mrs. Brown volunteered with the Red Cross and the old Community Chest. She was a board member at the old Hospital for the Women of Maryland on Bolton Hill, and later at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Mrs. Brown was a founder of the Town and Country Garden Club and later joined the Green Spring Valley Garden Club, eventually serving as its president. She also had been a director of the Garden Club of America.

Mrs. Brown was interested in conservation and preservation, said a daughter, Sandra Brown of Armagh Village.

"During the 1960s and 1970s, she was already recycling," Ms. Brown said.

Mrs. Brown had served on the board of the historic Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis and was part of the original group that converted Pleasant Valley Farms — more commonly known as Ladew Gardens — which had been the home of Harvey Ladew, the noted raconteur, horseman, collector and gourmand who died in 1976.

She also served on the Valleys Planning Council.

"She told me she would like to be remembered for her conservation and preservation interests and efforts," Ms. Brown said.

Mrs. Brown enjoyed traveling and attending thoroughbred races.

She was a member of the Mount Vernon Club, Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and the Society of the Ark and the Dove.

Mrs. Brown was a communicant of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, at Smith and Greeley avenues in Mount Washington, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday.

Also surviving are a son, J. Dorsey Brown of Butler; two other daughters, Sibyl Gibbs of Stevenson and Pamela Kloman of McLean, Va.; a brother, Cary Jackson of White Hall; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A previous version of this story gave an incorrect time for the mass of Christian burial. It is at 10 a.m.

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