Saturday, January 9, 2016

Dorothy Elizabeth (Rine) Brown

Dorothy Elizabeth Rine

PARENTS: Charles Foster Lincoln Rine and Katherine Jane Elizabeth Shultz

EDUCATION: West Liberty Normal School

OCCUPATION: faculty member of Marshall Co., WV schools; secretary to the pastor of the Fourth Street Methodist Church

RESIDENCES: As of Sep 1934, Mrs. Dorothy Brown of Gassaway, WV
RESIDENCES: As of Jul 1953, Webster Springs
RESIDENCES: As of 1957, 334 Monongahela Ave; Morgantown, WV
RESIDENCES: As of Feb 1977, Mrs. Duwood [sic] Brown of Warwood, WV
RESIDENCES: As of Dec 1979, Warwood, WV

CHRISTENING: Calvary Methodist Church, Moundsville, WV

MARRIAGE: Miss Dorothy Rine, of Moundsville, Completes Wedding Plans for Marriage to Rev. Durward Brown.
Miss Dorothy Rine has asked Miss Hazel Mills to be her bridesmaid at her wedding on Tuesday, October twenty-second, to Rev. Durward Brown.

Mr. Foster White of Cleveland, will attend Rev. Brown as best man.  Dr. Jo Fast, of the Fourth street Methodist church, and Dr. H.C. Howard will officiate at the ceremony, which will take place at eleven-thirty o'clock, at the Fourth street chuch.

Mrs. Reta Fawcett Moore will play the wedding march and accompany Mrs. Louise Frazier Byrum, who will sing several solo numbers.

After the ceremony luncheon will be served.  Covers will be arranged for immediate members of the two families and members of the bridal party.

Later Rev. Brown and his bride will leave for a wedding trip, keeping their destination a secret.

Miss Rine is the charming daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Foster L. Rine of Moundsville.  She attended West Liberty Normal School and was formerly a faculty member of the Marshall county schools.  For the past two years she has been secretary to pastor of Fourth street Methodist church.

Rev. Brown is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Brown of Warwood.  He graduated from Wheeling High School, Allegheny College at Meadville, Pa., and Boston University, school of theology.  He is a member of the West Virginia conference, Methodist Episcopal church and has been pastor at Alma and Corinth. At present he is pastor of the Fulton-Greggsville church. (Source: hand dated clipping, 16 Oct 1929, from page 6, Society column of Adele Crone in a Wheeling, WV paper - found in "The Rine (Ryan) Family History," p. 160)

RESEARCHER: Dorothy Elizabeth Rine Brown was interested in family history and genealogy.  Her papers are in "The Brown Collection" at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling, WV.  Per notes in the file, she did a lot of her research at the University Library at Morgantown, WV during the 1950s. Researcher Clarice (Eller) Stanley compiled the notes into a genealogy.  See the Reference below.

REFERENCE: From "The Brown Collection" the following document was created: "The Rine (Ryan) Family History and Related Family Descendants" by Dorothy Elizabeth Rine Brown (1904-1985); Area Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel Counties of West Virginia."  The document was compiled and typed by: Clarice V. (Eller) Stanley, Member of: Wheeling Area Genealogical Society, 1987.  A bound copy of the work can be found at the New Martinsville, WV Public Library.

COMMENT: For a chronology of the life of Dorothy Elizabeth (Rine) Brown.
(Source: History of Marshall County, WV, 1984, p. 216-217)

CEMETERY: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

OBITUARY: Area Civic Leader, 81, Succumbs
Dorothy Elizabeth Rine Brown, author, genealogist and church worker, died Thursday [10 Oct 1985] in Wheeling Hospital at the age of 81.

The daughter of the late Foster L. and Katherine Jane Schultz Rine, Mrs. Brown was born Sept. 16, 1904 in Moundsville, [WV].

She received her West Virginia teaching certificate in 1922 and served as a teacher and principal in Marshall County from 1922 to 1927.

She was secretary of the Fourth Street Methodist Episcopal Church in Wheeling from 1928-1930.  She was the church historian and certified lay speaker for the Warwood United Methodist Church in 1961.  She also was included in the biography in Who's Who in the Methodist Church in 1966.

Mrs. Brown was secretary of youth work for the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society in the Wheeling District from 1930-1932; she was sponsor, Pi Chapter of Kappa Phi, West Virginia University, Morgantown (Methodist Women Sorority), from 1931-1933; and taught several Bible classes and Sunday school classes for men and for young people.

She was a member of Federated Woman's Club, serving in various capacities in several West Virginia communities.  She also was a member of the Wheeling - Ohio County Genealogy Society in 1975 and a member of the Civil Air Patrol Auxiliary of the USAF, Webster Springs, from 1954-1955.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Durwood [sic] Brown, in 1983, and four brothers, John, Foster, Lowell, and Paul Rine.

Surviving are two sons, Dr. Foster Lloyd Brown of Oneonta, N.Y., and David Wilson Rine Brown of Hampstead, Md.; a daughter, Mary Jane Madjlessi of Oakland, Calif.; two brothers, Edison C. Rine of Fort Myers, Fla., and Calvin Reed Rine of Glendale; four sisters, Olive Wilson of Beaver, Pa., Mary Beulah Rine of Marietta, GA., Lillian K. Glower of Pullman, Wash., and Marjorie L. Percival of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Warwood United Methodist Church.  Interment in Arlington National Cemetery. (Source: hand dated clipping, 10 Oct 1985 - Tri-County Researcher, p. 1287)

OBITUARY: Dorothy Rine Brown Died; Many Accomplishments One of the area's most highly accomplished women, Mrs. Dorothy Elizabeth Rine Brown, 81, author, genealogist, church worker and widow of the late Reverend Durward Belmont Brown, suffered a stroke Tuesday October 8, [1985] while leading a discussion on "Communication" with the United Methodist Women of the Warwood Church.  She was taken to Wheeling hospital where she died Thursday.

She was a person of industry and surprisingly broad range of interests.  Her daughter Mary commented, 'As I go thru her things I keep being amazed at all the things she knew about.  People who are always learning thru their lives, are happy people.'

She was born in Moundsville, [WV] Sept. 16, 1904, daughter of the late Foster L. and Katherine Jane Schultz Rine.  The parents had thirteen children, eleven of whom grew to adulthood; and they were a prominent and colorful family. Foster Sr. was a teacher, and served in the West Virginia Legislature.

She earned a WV Elementary Teacher certificate when she was 18, taught in elementary schools in Marshall county for four years, and was a principal another year.  In that time she was improving herself with extension courses from West Liberty.

Then in 1927 she left the schools, went to Elliott School of Commerce in Wheeling, where she was given recognition as first student in the school's history to achieve 100 percent in all tests in "The Theory and Art of Shorthand."  This led to a position as secretary of Fourth Street Methodist church in Wheeling (Chapline street was once named '4th street' hence the church name); and she met and married Rev. Brown who at the time was pastor of the Fulton church.

Then followed a third of a century career as they served a total of ten Methodist charges around this state: Wesley Foundation at West Virginia University, Gassaway, Philippi, St. Paul's in Grafton, Central in Center Wheeling, Shinnston, Sabra in Morgantown (near to, but not in, Sabraton), Webster Springs, Riverside-Pisgah (Morgantown area), and Elizabeth.

Upon retirement in 1961 they settled in Warwood, but that didn't mean the end of activity.  They participated in the affairs of Warwood church.  He continued an active life and supplied various church pulpits in the area, including Benwood, where she is listed as having been teacher of the Men's Adult Bible class for a couple of years.  She was a Certified Lay Speaker, and historian of the Warwood church.

She had interests in sewing and astronomy, and taught astronomy for merit badge work to various Girl and Boy Scout troops.  She is perhaps best known now, as genealogist and author of the 'Bonar Family Genealogy.'  She had just completed a Brown Family genealogy a few days before her death.

In addition to all this, and rearing three children, there are many items to be gleaned from a Methodist who's who book, such as: Member Civil Air Patrol, Webster Springs 1954-55; member of garden clubs in various towns they resided in; American Iris Society, vice president of Short Creek Homemakers in Ohio county, Huguenot Society of America, on board of Scotts Run Settlement House near Morgantown, secretary Women's Christian Temperance Union in Grafton, teacher Young Adult Sunday School class in Shinnston, Girls counselor Epworth League Institute at Buckhannon, etc., etc.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1983, and by four brothers: John, Foster, Lowell and Paul Rine.

Surviving are her children: Dr. Foster Lloyd Brown of Oneonta, NY, Mrs. Mary Jane Madjlessi of Oakland, Ca and David Wilson Rine Brown of Hampstead, MD; two brothers, Edison C. Rine of Fort Myers, Fl and Calvin Reed Rine of Glendale, [WV]; four sisters, Olive Wilson of Beaver, PA, Mary Beulah Rine of Marietta, GA, Lillian K. Glower of Pullman, WA and Marjorie L. Percival of Carmel by the Sea, CA.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 in Warwood United Methodist church.

Mrs. Brown had arranged that her body should be given to the West Virginia School of Medicine for scientific purposes.  Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery beside her husband.
(Source: hand dated clipping, 10 Oct 1985 - furnished by Ralph Eller and Clarice Stanley)

Individual: Brown, Dorothy
SS# issued in: West Virginia
Birth date: Sep 16, 1904
Death date: Oct 1985
Residence code: West Virginia
ZIP Code of last known residence: 26003
Primary location associated with this ZIP Code:
     Wheeling, West Virginia
[Broderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 1 A-L, Ed. 5, Social Security Death Index: U.S., Date of Import: Nov 1, 2000, Internal Ref. #]
9 January 2016

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