The youngest of six children, Donna Sue Cook was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 3, 1936, to Fred Lee Cook and Inez Lavina Hindman Cook. She was educated in Tulsa, and her 30-year secretarial career included several interesting positions; the final in Tulsa was in Amerada Hess Corporation before she moved to Albuquerque in 1982. Her last position was at Sunwest Bank of Albuquerque. Donna was married to J. O. Brown on July 16, 1954, and together they reared their three daughters in Tulsa, or what Donna loved to refer to as northeastern Oklahoma's "Green Country."
Since moving to Albuquerque, Donna was involved in Christian Women's Club, Bible Study Fellowship, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. As a member of Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, she served on the Diaconate and the Session and volunteered on many other committees and ministries. She and her husband also enjoyed worshiping with their family at Hope Evangelical Free Church and later moved their membership to Hope yet loved their many friends at both fellowships.
Donna enjoyed Bible studies, reading books on history and biographies, entertaining and hostessing, homemaking, and playing bridge with friends. She and her husband enjoyed extensive traveling around the world and in the USA, using their motor home to visit their daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Donna was preceded in death by her husband, J. O. Brown; her parents; her sisters Joyce Lee Cook and Norma Lou Cook; and her brothers Marion Gordon Cook, Clayton Leon Cook, and Royce Gene Cook. She is survived by three daughters, Danene Brown Vincent-McNeil and her husband Dan McNeil of Springfield, MO, Tresha Gayle Brown Vogt and her husband Rick Vogt of Portland, OR, and Melissa Anne Brown Funnell and her husband Dale Funnell of Albuquerque; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-children; and many loving nephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church (8600 Academy Rd. NE).