Anne Marie Brown, 83, Co-Owned Catering Company, Owned Stores in Darien, Loved the Outdoors

Anne Marie Brown obit

Anne Marie Daly Brown, 83, passed away on April 2. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our mom, Anne Marie Daly Brown, on April 2, 2020, at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, Vermont.

Anne Marie Brown obit

Anne Marie Daly Brown, 83, passed away on April 2. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Anne was born July 8, 1936, in Stamford. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy high school and Southern Connecticut State College.

She raised four boys with her husband, Tom Brown, in Darien. Her career was centered around her love for food — both cooking it and teaching others. She was one of the earliest female entrepreneurs, running a catering company with three friends called Phantom Cooks — which was later the inspiration for a series of mystery books. (We like to think Phantom Cooks paved the way for Martha Stewart.)

From there, she owned Bakers Source and Naturally in Darien, was the director of The Complete Kitchen cooking school, and spent several years as the official test kitchen for People Magazine, which published recipes from celebrity-owned restaurants.

Along with cooking, she loved to sew and make all kinds of crafts, and she was forever collecting scraps that would later become a beautiful pillow or blanket or basket or whatever inspired her.

Anne was predeceased by her husband, Tom, a year ago. She is loved and survived by her four sons: Michael, Daniel, Stephen, and Matthew; her sister, Patricia Urell; Matthew’s partner, Ray Durand; and six grandchildren: Connor, Riley, Nicholas, Michael Jr., Margaret and Courtney Brown.

Anne loved her family very much, and she was one of the strongest women one could ever know. She backpacked the Long Trail of Vermont with her family, end to end, from Massachusetts to the Canadian border.

Anne and Tom took her four boys on numerous epic camping adventures all over the United States and Canada in their 1969 Volkswagen Westfalia camper. They also camped all over Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Anne loved her Irish wolfhounds, including her most recent one, Maeve, and her golden yellow cat Phin.

A memorial service will take place later in the year when we can all travel again. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation in Anne’s name to Grace Cottage Hospital or the Grafton Fire and Rescue squad.

— This obituary previously was published by Darien Patch

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