Saturday, January 23, 2021

 Beth Faye Brown

The Wind Beneath Our Wings

Beth Faye Brown (Bethel Purchase), age 81, went to her heavenly home surrounded by her family on January 16, 2021. She was born in Detroit, MI., on September 13, 1939, the daughter of Russell Fay (1959) and Florence Elizabeth (1999) (Payne) Purchase. She had 2 brothers and 2 sisters, Basil “Duke” Purchase (2019), Bonnie (Gary) Brya, Benson “Ben” Purchase (2014) and Beverly (2012) (Joseph) Metzger, as well as 10 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

Beth Faye married her soul mate, Earl Edward Brown, on April 30, 1960. They spent 60 years, working hard, traveling, giving to others and creating a loving family, including 3 daughters: Teresa (Brian) Richards, Annette (Ralph) Chamberlain and Michelle “Shelly” (Rick) Strong, 5 grandchildren: Derek (Colleen) Richards, Kelsey Richards, Brooke (Tom) Tate, Lindsey (Michael) Latta, Victoria “Tori” Strong and 6 great grandchildren: Nathan, Bristol, Virginia Densmore, Wesley Tate, Ethan and Kendall Latta. She loved them deeply and cherished her moments with them.

Beth & Earl had a lot of community involvement. In the 1970’s they were Girl Scout Leaders for 10 years, she supported her daughters during school events always rooting them on to victory! She worked hard over the years in a factory, a restaurant as a waitress, she was a manager at Schmidt’s Bakery in Okemos, and spent over 25 years of her retired life sending greeting cards for every occasion to multiple generations and donations to several hundred organizations.

In Leiu of Flowers, please make donations to Beth’s Believers.

Here are 3 options

1. The link to the direct page is:

1. Event site link and search for Beth Believers team

1. Mailing a donation to the Baltimore office-with a note in the memo section.

American Cancer Society

405 Williams Court Suite 120

Baltimore MD 21220

ATTN: Beth Believers Team

The family would like to thank the people at Residential Home Health and Hospice for their kindness and services to support our family during this transition to eternal life. Also, a heartfelt thank you to our friends and family for their generosity, visits, calls and the support for all of us.

The immediate family will have a private ceremony in Beth’s honor at First United Methodist Church, Fowlerville, MI. In the Spring, a celebration of life graveside committal will be planned for Beth. This will be held at Freemire Cemetery in Sunfield Township. Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

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