The following sad news was sent by Cynthia S. Grostick, President of the Michigan Genealogical Council:
August 25, 2011
To All Michigan Genealogists,
It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing this morning of a beloved friend to genealogists in this state, Mrs. Barbara Brown. Barbara was president of the Abrams Foundation.
Anyone in the community with an interest in researching family history in Michigan has been touched by Barbara and the Abrams Foundation. Barbara leaves a lasting legacy as you cannot go into the Library of Michigan, the Archives of Michigan or visit the SeekingMichigan.org website without touching books or microfilm or seeing scanned images that does not owe its existence to Barbara and the Abrams Foundation.
I've had the privilege of meeting with Barbara on several occasions over the past few years. She is a wonderful lady who truly has a passion for family history, and for sharing that passion with others by making records available to the general public.
It has been a joy to speak with Barbara over the past few years, not just about her beloved collections at the Library, but on other topics as well. We are both cat lovers and had wonderful conversations about our cat's behavior. I thank God for those memories. I will not forget her.
We have been informed that visitation is Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Pixley Funeral Home in Rochester. The funeral will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Please join me in holding her family in our thoughts and prayers. Barbara will be truly missed.
Cynthia S. Grostick
Michigan Genealogical Council
NOTE: Barbara's obituary and a picture may be found at http://goo.gl/xeeeV
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