3211 58th St, Lubbock, TX 79413
The family of Dee Brown will celebrate her life of 65 years at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She passed on Monday, May 9, 2022. We invite you to view the live-streamed service on this page and sign her virtual guestbook. We also ask you to consider viewing her Life Tribute, a video of photographs set to her favorite music.
Dee was born in Sedalia, Missouri on August 28, 1956, to Walter Ray Gault and Donna Berry Gault. She was the oldest of their two children, both daughters. The family was in Columbia until Dee was in High School when they moved to Lubbock where Walt worked in the new Texas Tech Medical School. Others from the Missouri Medical School moved here, among them Sam and Marilyn Richards, whom she had babysat for several years in Missouri. Dee joined the Church in her Senior Year of High School. She briefly attended Brigham Young University but returned to Lubbock to finish her degree in Special Education. She then met a young returned missionary and she and John were married in the Mesa Arizona Temple in 1977.
In 1983, they were blessed with their son Colin, and in 1984 their daughter Laura. Sarah followed in 1987 and Kimberly in 1990. Dee had received her Master’s Degree in Special Education and began teaching in the Lubbock School District in 1996. In 2006, she received her Doctorate in Special Education, and two years later began teaching in the College of Education at Texas Tech.
Dee was one of a very small group of Educators who were instrumental in creating a fully online Doctorate degree in Special Education at Tech. She had served for five years on the State Board for Licensing Special Educators, and in 2020 she retired from teaching.
Over her many years, she taught so many students with special needs, showing them with unbounded love and attention. She was free in sharing her knowledge and love for “her kids” with anyone willing to listen or help. She was a guiding force in the College of Education in teaching upcoming Special Ed teachers how to fill the needs of the most vulnerable. She was Momo to so many children outside of the classroom and was free with her love and time to help almost anyone needing help.
Dee was called Home on May 9, 2022, while sleeping in her home. Her most lasting legacy are her children, whom she loved unreservedly, and who loved her in the same way and leaned on her for help in advice their entire lives. There is a huge hole in their hearts, as well as in that of her husband of 44 years, John, and all of those who knew and loved her. We all take great satisfaction in looking forward to that great day when we too pass through this mortal veil and once again are able to be in her shining presence.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years John, her son Walter Colin Brown, daughters Laura Helen Brown, Sarah Marie Brown, Kimberly Beth Rindlisbacher and her Husband Taylor Rindlisbacher, Sister Dorothy Jane Holt and her husband Dennis Holt and their children Niki Holt Black and her husband Jeremy Black, and Dawson Holt and his wife Taylor Holt and great-niece Winnie. She is also survived by numerous Cousins, Relatives, and adopted Family Members.