Thelma L. Brown, an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution who held local, statewide and national positions in the organization, died Tuesday (Oct. 14, 1997) in Olean General Hospital. She was 93.
Miss Brown of Olean was born in New York City where she was raised and educated. She had been employed at the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C. and later served as the executive secretary to five presidents of the former First National Bank and Manufacturers Hanover Bank in Olean. She retired in 1969.
As an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Miss Brown recently received her 65-year membership certificate. She had served as the organization's recording secretary, treasurer and for three terms as regent of the Olean chapter.
An accomplished pianist and soloist, Miss Brown often opened the Continental Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution by singing the national anthem and the Lord's prayer. In 1935, Miss Brown was a page at the group's Continental Congress, and in 1938 and 1939 she served as chief page at the congress. In 1941, she served as chairman of the national pages.
Miss Brown also served as national chairman of the junior assembly for four years, and was the state membership chairman. She also served two years as state chairman of conservation and was assistant marshal at the 58th Continental Congress. In 1970, she served as District Eight director in the state.
A member of First Presbyterian Church of Allegany, Miss Brown was music chairman there, and a member of the Olean Christian Women's Club, as well as the Olean Community Chorus.
Committal Services will be held 10 a.m. today in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Olean.