Nona Brown of Brown's Orchards dies

Longtime owner of Loganville agricultural company Brown's Orchards described by family as loving and gracious died over the weekend.

Nona Brown, 82, died Saturday, Jan. 6 at York Hospital after post-operative medical issues. Her son Dave Brown, owner and president of Brown's Orchards, said his mother died with her children by her side.

Nona Brown was the wife of former owner Stan Brown, who died in August after a battle with cancer.

Remembering Nona: Dave Brown remembered his mother as someone who was loving and gracious, and someone with a passion for educating children.

“She loved her grandchildren, and she seemed to have a way that would soothe and calm them, always, because it’s just a grace that she had," he said Monday, Jan. 8.

Dave Brown said his mother was interested in educating children. She was a teacher at Seven Valleys Elementary School, he said, and she also was an educator with the Susan Byrnes Health Education Center, where she taught children about healthy eating.

"She was really into the kids and getting them started," Dave Brown said.

Nona Brown also ran children's tours at the orchards, he said.

His mother was active in the choir at her church, Emanuel United Methodist Church, in Loganville. Dave Brown said right before she was hospitalized around Christmastime, she was pushing to go back to church so she could sing in the choir.

"She just loved singing in that choir," he said, adding that she had a "beautiful, soprano voice."

Dave Brown said his mother was known for her beautiful handwriting, and that Nona Brown was self-taught in calligraphy.

“She would hand-write many many many thank yous back to people," adding that the writing was done with such care.

Nona Brown, widow of Stan Brown, waves to a friend before the funeral service for Stan at Shrewsbury Assembly of God Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. Bill Kalina photo

Passing: Dave Brown sent a message to employees Saturday, saying his mother had died while with him and his sister, Linda Krupa.

"We had a wonderful day yesterday. There was so much family around, and she really enjoyed that — she had a lot of strength to say so many 'I love yous,'" Dave Brown wrote. 

“... She wanted to go after that. She knew it was time, and all her work was done. She made it so much easier for us. She was one of the most selfless, loving, gentle people I’ve ever met," he added. "We asked Mom to say hello and love you to dad (Stan Brown) and (brother) Scott.”

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Nona and Stan ran Brown's Orchards after Stan acquired the business from his parents, who initially opened a farm that would become the base of the business in 1948.

Brown's Orchards is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

According to Nona Brown's obituary, a viewing will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Codorus Church of the Brethren, 1129 Dunkard Valley Road in Dallastown.

It will be followed by a celebration of life at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, which would have been Nona Brown's 83rd birthday.