Maureen Brown Obituary (1971 – 2022) – Glenview, IL
Maureen Lynn “Moe” Brown, 50, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 16, 2022, after a brief battle with cancer. Moe believed in the interconnectedness of humanity and was a fierce champion of underdogs (and actual dogs). She was dedicated to helping and protecting others, both as a friend and big sister and through her work as a paralegal and legal consultant. Never afraid to speak her mind, Moe advocated for a more just and equal society and despised the repudiation of these principles. As someone who did not like the limelight, she quietly provided recurring donations to multiple political and humanitarian organizations in search of a better world.
Moe grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, and she relished the natural beauty of the Great Lakes region. She became an avid hiker and runner, participating in several half and full marathons. Moe attended the University of Michigan, where she majored in political science and retained a lifelong fondness for all things Ann Arbor (“Go Blue!”) and the friendships that were formed there. After college Moe moved to Chicago, where she took advantage of the culture and traditions of its local neighborhoods, such as her beloved Lincoln Square. As a proud Irishwoman, Moe would enjoy a Guinness or shot of Jameson as she told tales and delighted in the company of friends.
Moe had a lifelong love for music-all kinds of music and tons of artists and genres. She learned to play the ukulele and held a soft spot for jazz. She loved to attend music festivals and concerts with friends in Chicago as well as New Orleans, which felt like a second home. She even took pleasure in watching her college friends sing the entire soundtrack of Les Misérables during weekend getaways (cue her famous eye roll). The sparkle in Moe’s eyes and her sassy sense of humor would delight all those in her presence.
There are too many inside jokes and nicknames concocted by Moe to mention, but she had a way of forming meaningful and memorable connections and making everyone feel like her best friend. She loved to laugh, live life, and enjoy some good shenanigans (and tacos). She was feisty, smart, selfless, and kind, and she brought love and laughter to the “Skillets,” the “Lincoln Square Suppa Club,” the “Bourbon Chase Crew,” the “Hood to Coast Taco Crew,” the “Netflix Club,” and many other groups of friends that coalesced around her zest for life.
Moe was preceded in death by her parents, George “Pat” and Maryellen, and her for baby Stella. She is survived by her brother Dan, her fur nephew Dre, an aunt, cousins, and a multitude of friends. Moe’s dream in recent years was to enjoy a simpler life by renting out kayaks in a quaint seaside village. Our fervent wish is that she is doing exactly that somewhere in the multiverse and lighting up the world around her.
A celebration of life will be held in Moe’s honor at Lytle House in Chicago on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at noon. Casual attire. Please RSVP in advance. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Planned Parenthood, One Tail at a Time Chicago Animal Rescue, or a charity that holds personal meaning. Moe’s ashes will be scattered at a later date in Traverse City, Michigan, as her final resting place.
RVSP link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-celebration-of-life-for-maureen-moe-brown-tickets-387863629557
Published by Smith-Corcoran Glenview Funeral Home on Jul. 20, 2022.