Roberta L. ('Bobbie') Brown , 70 years old, died peacefully at her home in Hamden, CT. on Saturday, January 11, 2014 after a long illness. Bobbie was married in June, 1967 to Dr. Thomas E. Brown; they have lived together in Hamden since 1974. In addition to her husband, she is survived by their daughter Elizabeth (Liza) Somilleda, their son, David Brown, their grandson, Noah Somilleda, and their granddaughter, Simone Somilleda, who live in Los Angeles. Born in Moline, IL on October 31, 1943, daughter of Rose and Robert Hallquist, Bobbie attended Rock Island High School and received her B.A. from Knox College in Illinois. She also did graduate studies in Literature at the University of Chicago and earned an M.A. in Special Education from the Southern CT State University and an MFA from the Vermont College Creative Writing Program. Her poetry has been published in a variety of literary journals. Bobbie devoted her life to caring for her family, creative writing, and the arts. Prior to her illness she enjoyed traveling throughout the world with her husband. There will be a visitation for friends from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, January 16th at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave. in Hamden. A funeral service to celebrate Bobbie's life will be held Friday, January 17th at 1 pm in the Whitneyville United Church of Christ at 1247 Whitney Avenue in Hamden. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Bobbie's memory to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or given online at http://www.hospice.com/donate.htm. Following the service friends are invited to join the family in their nearby home at 29 Ralston Avenue from 2 to 5 pm.

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  1. Dear Brown Family. May fond memory’s of your wife and mother Roberta stay in your hearts and thoughts as you go throw your daily lives she will be missed but not forgotten my prayers are with you all . Pat D’Amato

  2. Dear Dr.Brown,we join the sorrow that overwhelms you and your family due to the lost of your wife,a great woman whom we were glad to meet,Sincerely Gustavo and Marina from Mexico City.

  3. Dear Tom and family, My sincere sympathies at this saddest of times. Bobbie was a graceful soul whose loss must be devastating. Love and prayers of support for you all.

  4. Dear Tom and family. Our sincere sadness at the loss of Bobbie. She had such a huge heart, creativity, and love that she so generously shared with others. Her wit and candor is irreplaceable. My family (personal and professional) wish the best to the extended family during this difficult time.

  5. Dr Brown, Dave and Liza, I have such fond memories of Bobbie. So sweet and compassionate. You all have been in my life a long time, and through many transitions in our lives together. Dr Brown, you have had a huge impact on some of the important crossroads in my life. I wish you all the support and strength as you accept this transition. May Bobbie be forever in your memories and hold a big place in your heart.

  6. I already miss Bobbie’s droll, often black humor. Always supportive, never self aggrandizing, every phone call a joy.

  7. Out here in California, we appreciate Dave and what he brings to the world so much, we can only assume Bobbie was a blessing to many people. My family will be thinking of yours in the coming week in this challenging time of love, celebration and remembrance.

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