Virginia C. Brown, 78, Massena
Monday, July 1, 2019 - 10:00 pm

MASSENA -- Virginia C. Brown, 78, of Bishop Avenue, unexpectedly passed away, Friday, June 28, 2019 at Massena Memorial Hospital.

Virginia was born February 10, 1941 in the Town of Stockholm, the daughter of the late Matthew and Avis (Latrace) Cummings. She attended St. Lawrence Central Schools, where she graduated in 1958 as the Valedictorian of her class. In 1981, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Potsdam. On November 14, 1959, she married Lawrence C. Brown at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Potsdam with Msgr. Francis Devan, officiating.

Virginia dedicated her life for caring for others including her family. It was this dedication that allowed her to work for many years for Sunmount DDSO, retiring as the Program Manager of the Bayley Road facilities. She loved and cared for the clients as if they were her own. She cherished the time she was able to spend with her family and will fondly be remembered for the many short stories that she wrote throughout her life.

She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 60 years, Larry; her children, Lawrence M. and Kay Brown of Atlanta, Bonnie J. Arazy of Massena, Sue Ellen and Robert Avery of Kansas City, Missouri, Joseph W. and Danielle Brown of Massena, Cathy Jo and Warren Sander of Atlanta; and Robert F. Arazy of Massena; 10 grandchildren, Megan, Larry, Caleb, Morgan, Kyle, Lily, Ryan, Katelyn, Madeline, and Sophia; 3 great grandchildren, Deklan, Everly, and Magnolia; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two children in infancy, Karin Lyn and Joseph Martin; and her siblings, Lerald, Clifford, and Leland Page, Thelma Baker, Greta Holland, Doris Spangenberg, and Lorraine Shantie.

At her request, there will be no services. Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where memories and condolences may be shared online at

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

May Ginny be remembered as this phrase that she lived by: “In the time that you gave me, did I give all I could give – did I love all I could love, did I live all I could live, was my faith in your Grace strong enough to save me? Did I do all I could do, in the time that you gave me!”