January 7, 1921 ~ December 22, 2013

Born in: Cordele, Georgia,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Gachet Brown Biography, Written by Barbara Berry (daughter) Muriel "Gachet" Brown was born in Cordele, Georgia on January 7, 1921 and spent most of her childhood in the small town of Cuthbert, Georgia. She was the fourth daughter born and a son a year or so later. One daughter died as an infant and her sister Elizabeth (Libba) died several years ago. Her oldest sister Louise (now 92) still lives in Cuthbert and her brother Bobby lives in Colorado. Her parents owned a store during the Depression and would often provide credit to those in need. One of her first jobs was working at a dime store for $1 per day. She married at the age of 19 or 20 and had two children, Robert Lynn born December 8, 1942 and Barbara Carol born December 1, 1956. She divorced in 1960. After the divorce, she pursued her goal of attending college and enrolled at Andrew Junior College in Cuthbert, supporting herself by baking and decorating cakes for everyone in town. One of my fondest memories is of the train cake she made for my fifth birthday with peppermint wheels! After graduating from Andrew she attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where she earned a Master's Degree in education of the deaf. She did her first two years of teaching in the Panama Canal Zone after which we returned to the States where she taught mathematics at a middle school in Richland, Georgia, not far from Cuthbert, for one year. She earned her second Master's Degree in mathematics from Louisiana State University the following year. We moved to Rome, Georgia from Baton Rouge after her graduation, where I began high school and she began her mathematics teaching career, first at East Rome High School and later at Model High School, the school I attended. She made her home in Rome, paying cash for a house and five acres of land. She has always been a do-it-yourselfer and very frugal. She once fixed her washing machine with chicken wire and rebuilt her car's engine in the dead of winter in a mud puddle! She also loved working with wood and built some beautiful cabinets for people. She also built two storage buildings beside her home, one with ten windows! She prepared income tax returns from her home for a number of years. She always dreamed of becoming an opera singer and sang around the house constantly while I was growing up, thus inspiring my love of music and singing. She is a very religious person and attended West Rome Methodist Church in Rome where she sang in the choir. She believes in the power of logical thinking, absolute truth, principles, and, above all, God. She came to the Asheville area in May of 2006, and enjoyed playing Bingo and the other activities provided at the Flesher's of Fairview. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Green Hills Cemetery. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. Barbara,
    Jane and I send our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mother. You are and remain in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Although I did not know your mother personally, reading of her death deeply saddened me. We don’t always have to know a person or family to have empathy for them at such distressing time. Most of us know the pain that losing a mother can bring. Our loving Heavenly Father too has empathy for all of us who experience the sting of death. At Isaiah 63:9 it says of God: ‘During all of their distress it was distressing to him…’ Because he feels our pain, mercifully our loving God assures us that death will be eliminated.- Revelation 21:4. And even further, at John 5: 28, 29, we have the hope of being reunited with our dear mothers, fathers and other loved ones, in the promised resurrection, into a world free from crime and violence, pain, sickness and death. I pray that these scriptures and knowing that others are praying for you, will comfort you until the time when you are reunited in the resurrection.

  3. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. May the God of all comfort be with you during this most difficult time in your lives. And know that many prayers and thoughts go out in your behalf. We all yearn for better conditions. It’s comforting to know that God’s word speaks of a time when all sorrows will be gone and that mankind will live in beautiful surroundings with nothing to fear. -Isaiah 65:17,21-24.
    Again, my deepest sympathy,

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. Hope these words give you a new hope.


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