Helen Mary [Tschirhart] Brown February 1, 1920 - December 7, 2006 At the age of 86, Helen passed away in her sleep on December 7, 2006 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Helen was born on February 1, 1920 in Alberta, Canada to Robert and Mary Tschirhart. She is survived by her eight brothers and sisters, and her children, Ruth Johnson, Alice Haga, and Craig Brown. She was the proud grandma to Erik, Sandra, Marion, and Clare, and great-grandmother to Charles and Gregory. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son, Charles. She was a long time resident of Manhattan Beach, California. Helen grew up in Michigan and graduated from Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit as a Registered Nurse. In her last year of Nursing School she met and married Scott Brown. Helen held many positions in her nursing career but found her passion as School Nurse. After raising 4 children, Helen went back to school earning her Bachelor's degree at Long Beach State, and her Master's degree in Public Health at UCLA. Helen finished her work career at the Orange County Department of Education as the Coordinator of School Health, working with the school nurses of the Orange County School District. After retiring, Helen volunteered for many health organizations, including giving many AIDS workshops in the 1980's when the health community was learning about this new disease. She worked tirelessly for Alpha Tau Delta and Pi Lambda Theta. Helen traveled broadly in her retirement, including trips to Europe to participate in meetings of the U.S. Committee for School Nurses International. Helen was a long time member of MENSA. Helen will be remembered by family and friends as a strong, resourceful woman who battled against and helped pull down some of the barriers to women as managers in the work place. She went through life with a positive, non-judgmental attitude and a dry sense of humor. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Habitat for Humanity. A funeral mass will be held at American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach on Friday, December 15 at 11:00 am.F

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  1. Mrs. Brown, was my best friend’s mother. When I was growing up I was able to stay at the Brown’s home. I always enjoyed going there, because there was always something going on. Ruth would be going out on yet another date, Charlie would be practicing with a band or playing the piano, Craig would be with a little friend and Alice and I would be fixing each others hair, or washing the dishes. Mrs. Brown was always studying something. With all the noise around her, she would be at the dining table with all her books and work. She was a very hard working person and I was very impressed that she could do so much.

  2. Dear Ruth Ann, Alice, and Craig: My name is Joanne McKinnis, formerly Joanne Suyehara, and I knew you and your mom many years ago when we all lived on 177th St. in Torrance. My brothers are Bob and Alan and my parents are Aiko (deceased) and Bob. I happen to be at Little Co. of Mary Hospital visiting my Dad, who had a pacemaker inserted. As I looked through the paper, I viewed the Obituaries, as I usually do, and was surprised to see your sweet mother. I immediately remembered your family. My husband, Charlie, and I just happened to see Ruth Ann and her family at the top of Yosemite Falls many years ago. I have often thought about you and the old neighborhood when I visit my Dad, who now lives with Bob. Please accept our consolences to you and your children on the passing of your mom. I’d love to hear from you if you’d like. My no. is 760-240-1250 and you have my email. Sincerely, Joanne Suyehara McKinnis

  3. Ruth Ann, Alice and Craig, my deepest sympathies to you and your families on the passing of your mother. I have fond memories of your family and the rest of the families on 177th street. Your mother was truly ahead of her time. Take care and God Bless.

  4. I am so sorry. I remember Helen as an energetic, talented person with a great sense humor who gave much to others. Please accept my sympathy. Jan Buike Care Manager Beach Cities Health District

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