, Muskogee, OK


September 1, 2013

Agnes Mae (Duckworth) Brown

1916 2013

Born in Missouri on August 2, 1916, died on August 29, 2013 in Muskogee.

Agnes’ family moved to Harrison, Arkansas in 1922. At school, she met her future husband, James Brown. In 1933, at the age of sixteen, Agnes and James, who was twenty, went to a neighboring town on a Sunday morning and were secretly married. She did not return to school and became a homemaker.

She was a young wife in those hard, Depression Era years. She did not work outside the home but worked hard at homemaking skills and making a good home for her husband.

In the next seven years they would have two children: first Patsy and then Jim.

James began permanent work on the Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad in 1943 but it closed in 1946. He came to Muskogee in 1948 to work for the Midland Valley Railroad. The family followed in 1950. They joined Calvary Baptist Church, where she remained a member for sixty-three years.

Agnes’ life centered around her family. She was a stabilizing force and was always available when needed. She was faithful to her church and she devoted much of her time to activities there.

She was a dedicated and faithful teacher of young people. The church encompassed the range of good and difficult times for her family. It was where her grandchildren and great-granddaughter became Christians and the celebration of their fiftieth wedding anniversary. It was the site of James’ funeral.

James died in 1984 and she remained active and in her home until falling and breaking her hip in 2009. From that time on she lived at Eastgate Village where she enjoyed her new surroundings and was supported by a loving staff.

Agnes was mentally alert although physically limited. She was a pleasant resident and truly appreciated everything that was done for her. She greeted visitors happily and with a big smile.

She loved her family and kept up with all the activities of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She knew what everyone was doing and could remember all important dates and events.

She was a remarkable woman and will be missed by family and friends.

Survivors include; Daughter Patsy Buse of Muskogee ,and her children Debbie (John), Doug and his daughter, Chelsea and David (Jamie) and their daughters Makenzie and Madison; son Jim (Ann Franklin) and children Tim and Celia. Additional survivors are nephews Roy, Lindsey and Clint Duckworth of Austin, TX, whom she loved dearly.

Pallbearers will be: Grandsons Doug and David Buse, and Tim Brown; Richard Shepler, Steve Staner, Roger Wilbourn and Marvin Miller (Honorary)

The family would like to thank Eastgate Village and its employees who looked after and loved Agnes.

Visitation; Monday, 6-8 P.M., Bradley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church with Brother Chris Dover and Brother Bill Crow officiating. Interment will follow in Greenhill Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in her name may be sent to: Calvary Baptist Church, 220 South “R”. St., Muskogee, Oklahoma 74403. Arrangements are entrusted Bradley Family Service. Condolences may be left at



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