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Date published: 3/28/2013

Diane C. Brown

Diane Cottrille Brown, 73, of Fredericksburg passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, after a lengthy hospitalization and complications related to Parkinson's disease.

Diane was born Jan. 5, 1940, in Clarksburg, W.Va. She graduated from Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg and from West Virginia University. She was a longtime resident of Tampa, Fla., having moved there in 1976. She also obtained two master's degrees.

Diane worked within the education system for more than 40 years as a teacher and as a guidance counselor. Most of that time was spent within the Hillsborough County Public Schools system. She retired from Tampa Palms Elementary in 2007. Shortly after her retirement, she moved to Fredericksburg to be closer to her grandchildren.

Diane is survived by her only child, Brad O'Dell; and two grandchildren, Shelby and Brayden O'Dell.

Diane was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie "J.B." Brown. She is also survived by his three children, notably Kelly Brown Stover, her husband, Chris, and their two children, Lauren and Zachary.

Diane was also preceded in death by her father, Dent Harrison Cottrille, in 1965, and her mother, Veryl Wilson Cottrille, in 1979. She is with them now.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Hartwood Presbyterian Church, 50 Hartwood Church Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22406. After the brief service, there will be time to gather and reflect on Diane's life.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations be made in her name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Diane's ashes will be buried at Wallace Memorial Cemetery in West Virginia.