Francine S. Brown
(nee Scheyvaerts) March 2, 1920 - January 28, 2017 Born in Antwerp, Belgium, died in Victoria, BC on January 28, 2017. Predeceased by her loving husband, Gordon (2009), she leaves step-daughters Jane Brown of Victoria, BC, and Patricia Brown of Ottawa, ON, as well as an extended family in Belgium. Francine came to New York in June 1939 for what was to be a brief visit, cut short by the outbreak of the Second World War. She soon found employment at the Belgian Embassy in Washington, DC, thanks to her French language. One of her fond memories of those years was attending the birth of the United Nations Organization in San Francisco in 1945 as a member of the Belgian Delegation. Having acquired US Citizenship in 1946, she served in international organizations such as UNESCO in Paris, the UN High Frequency Broadcasting Board in Geneva and Mexico City, and in 1949, came "home" to Washington, DC, and joined the International Monetary Fund for a five-year stint. In 1955, she was hired by the US Department of State Foreign Service for the start of a 23-year stint of criss-crossing the world. After retirement, she married an old friend, Canadian retired diplomat, Gordon Brown, with whom she settled in Victoria. After his death in 2009, Francine, now a Canadian Citizen, decided to remain in the country she loved. Cremation has taken place. Ashes will be deposited at the Veterans Cemetery to be joining those of her beloved husband.
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