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Full Text of SR0317  102nd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened
3to learn of the death of Yvonne Brown; and
4    WHEREAS, Yvonne Brown was born to Walter and Bertha
5Robinson on October 18, 1934; she attended A.O Sexton Grammar
6School, Hyde Park High School, and the University of Chicago
7Lab School; she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business
8Administration from the University of Chicago; she met and
9married Thomas R. Pearson, and they had four sons; she later
10met and married Isaiah Brown, and they had one son; and
11    WHEREAS, Yvonne Brown was a devoted employee of the United
12States Civil Service Department; she also worked over 30 years
13as a fiscal manager with the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic
14Charities and retired in 2004; and
15    WHEREAS, In 1967, Yvonne Brown joined the Mary McLeod
16Bethune Temple, where she was appointed to serve on the
17Trustee Board; she served as a Doorkeeper, Gatekeeper,
18Assistant Daughter Ruler, and Vice Daughter, and was the third
19Daughter to serve as Daughter Ruler; she received Past State
20President Honors in Rockford through the fashion department;
21in 1972 in St. Louis, she received Past Grand Daughter Ruler
22honors through the Grand Daughter Ruler's Volunteer



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1Department; and
2    WHEREAS, On the Illinois and Wisconsin state level, Yvonne
3Brown served as the Membership Chairperson, Initiation
4Chairperson, Trustee, and Administrative Assistant to then
5Daughter State President Alfrenia Y. Hampton; on the national
6level, she served as one of the first Grand Temple Marshals,
7District Deputy for 15 years, and Grand Temple Trustee for 3
8years; currently, she was serving as Secretary for the Grand
9Temple's Grievance and Appeals Committee; she was also serving
10as President of the National Daughter State Presidents
11Council, which is a role in which she served since 1992; and
12    WHEREAS, Yvonne Brown actively participated as a member of
13the Grand Exalted Ruler's Advisory Board, the Grand Lodge
14Civil Liberties Department, and the National Association of
15Professional Women; she mentored in the Turn Around Program;
16she was past matron of Queen Esther Chapter No. 5, the Order of
17the Eastern Star and was a past member of the Most Ancient
18Grand Matron Heroines of Jericho; and
19    WHEREAS, Yvonne Brown was a recipient of the C.L. 6
20Blanche Smith Image Award; and
21    WHEREAS, Yvonne Brown was a devoted member of the #2 Mount
22Pleasant M.B Church in Chicago; and



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1    WHEREAS, Yvonne Brown was preceded in death by her
2parents, Walter and Bertha Robinson; her first husband, Thomas
3R. Pearson; her second husband, Isaiah Brown; her brother,
4Thomas White; her sister, Yvette Garlington; and her oldest
5son, Thomas Pearson Jr.; and
6    WHEREAS, Yvonne Brown is survived by her four sons, Theron
7Pearson, Tyrone (Kathleen) Pearson, Thurston (Bobbie) Pearson,
8and Isaiah Brown Jr.; her twenty grandchildren; her 55
9great-grandchildren; her seven nieces; her three nephews; and
10a host of family and friends; therefore, be it
12ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
13Yvonne Brown and extend our sincere condolences to her family,
14friends, and all who knew and loved her; and be it further
15    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
16presented to the family of Yvonne Brown as an expression of our
17deepest sympathy.