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Alexandra Brown, 95, of Plano, formerly of Oswego, Ill., was called by the Lord on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. She was born Oct. 1, 1918, to the late Gus and Argiro Hatzidakis of Crete, Greece.
Her parents were visiting relatives in Burgettstown, Penn., when Alexandra was born. She was the oldest of seven children. At the age of 2, she and her parents returned to Crete.
In 1946, Alexandra returned to the United States. She married Manuel “Mike” Brown, who had emigrated in 1913 from Crete to the United States. Together they raised five children.
Mike and Alexandra owned and operated gas stations in Naperville and Aurora. Each day, Alexandra would cook homemade Greek dishes for his lunch and deliver them to the gas station. It was not uncommon to see Alexandra helping out by pumping gas and attending to their customers. She worked at Riverdale Coat Company from 1962 until her retirement in 1983.
Alexandra was an excellent cook of Greek cuisine and pastries. She so much enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. She also enjoyed reading, crocheting and needlepoint. Alexandra was one of the founding members of the St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Aurora in 1966.
Alexandra is survived by her loving children, Manuel Brown Jr. of Somonauk, Michael (Linda) Brown of Mission Viejo, Calif., Gusty Brown of Plano, George Brown of Yorkville, and Christine (Steve Brackett) Freeland of Big Rock; her grandchildren, Kristine (Ron) Underwood, Doug (Laura) Brown, Emilie Brown, Noel, Michael (Melissa) and Lindsay Brown, Brittani, Ryan and Jessica Freeland; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Ellis Brown, and Jayda Freeland and Connor Brown.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel; and her grandchildren, Stephanie Brown and Kari Clawson.
Visitation was held on Sunday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, followed by the Trisagion service. Funeral services were held on Monday at St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, Aurora. Interment will take place at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Alexandra’s name to St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 1855 East Fifth Ave., Aurora, IL 60504.
For further information, call (630) 466-1330, or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.