Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Wyllys Brown

Monday, April 12th, 1937 - Friday, June 26th, 2020
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Carolyn Wyllys Brown, 83, of East Palatka, passed from this life on Friday, June 26, 2020 at her home following an extended illness. Born in Palatka, Carolyn lived in St. Johns and Putnam Counties most all her life. She was a 1955 Graduate of Palatka High School and attended Florida State University where she obtained her MRS degree. Carolyn would later become employed at St. Johns River Community College for 10 years. While there, she earned her Associate in Arts Degree in general education. Real estate was her hobby and she was most proud of the fact she was also able to pass a certification exam and become a licensed real estate broker. In 1980, after managing an insurance office in Keystone Heights for a year, Carolyn began a career as the executive secretary in the Department of Administration at the St. John River Water Management District. She was later promoted to the position of Board secretary. Carolyn was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, an Investment club as well as the Kiwanis Club of Palatka where she was involved in a mentoring program with children in reading clubs at James A. Long Elementary School. In her leisure time, she was an avid gardener, enjoyed reading, thrift shops, and had developed many friends on E-Bay. Make no mistake though, what was most important to Carolyn was being “Mema” to her grand and great-grandchildren, whom she cherished dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Amos N. Wyllys and Miriam Smith Wyllys and a sister, Betty Rands.
Left to cherish her memories are her children, William Brown of East Palatka, Brad Brown of St. Augustine and Cheryl Chambers (Scott) of Elkton, a sister, Nancy Roberts (George) of Starke, 5 grandchildren, Lyndsay Linder (Michael), Taylor Brown, Michael Brown (Victoria), Kalie Norman (Lehman) and Daniel L. Chambers, 4 great-grandchildren, Luke Linder, Sterling Brown, Fisher Norman and Miles Norman, a cousin, Patsy Stephens, 2 nieces, Brenda Knisley and Karen Rands, 2 nephews, Richard Roberts and Scott Roberts and her faithful companion, “Skippy”.
Memorial services celebrating Carolyn’s life will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Bro. Gary Simpson officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M.
In lieu of cut flowers, please consider a growing or potted plant to carry on Carolyn’s memory. Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Carolyn’s Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 11:00am
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Lea Simon

Posted at 09:38pm
Aunt Carolyn you will be so missed. You were always a ray of sunshine and so funny!! Hugs to William, Brad and Cheryl. I wish I was there for the service tomorrow. Love, me.

Susan Ivey

Posted at 09:54pm
Rest in peace, my friend. Knowing you was such a privilege.

Susan Breland Ivey

Cheryl Bryan

Posted at 11:17am
Carolyn will always be a part of my heart. We had lost touch for some time now but I will always cherish the memories of her. Working with her and becoming close friends, she was a jewel. She will be missed, but knowing the promises of God in Isaiah 33:24 and Revelation 21:4, I know I will see her again. Cheryl, William and Brad, I loved your mom so much and my heart and prayers go out to you and yours. Sincerely and with much love to you all,
Cheryl Bryan

Cheryl and Jay Bryan

Posted at 09:56am
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Beverly Wiley

Posted at 10:56am
I'm sorry to lose my friend, but I know what a hard time she has had. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Beverly Cate Faulk Wiley

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