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June 14, 1927 – March 4, 2013

Janet H. Brown, Mrs. New York State of 1961, died last Monday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. She was 85.

The former Janet Molin, of Williamsville and Jupiter, Fla., was born in Buffalo and graduated from Lafayette High School and Cornell University.

She worked as a kitchen designer for Niagara Mohawk after college, then went to work for the University at Buffalo for several years in survey research. After that, she worked in sales for about 20 years at Suzn O’s.

She won the title of Mrs. New York State in 1961 in a contest that looked for outstanding homemakers who competed in such areas as cooking, baking and hairdressing.

Mrs. Brown enjoyed piano, gardening, decorating, fashion and was known for her cooking and baking.

She and her husband of 63 years, Thomas Sr., spent almost 30 years wintering in Jupiter, Fla., where she was a member of Jupiter First Church.

Active in the community, Mrs. Brown also did charitable work for the Bristol Home and Blind Association.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Tracy Garner; two sons, Thomas Jr. and Terrence; and a brother, Carl Molin Jr.

A memorial service will be held later.