Obituary of Tressie Brown
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Tressie Brown, 70, of Windsor, Missouri, formerly of Warrensburg, Mo., died Thursday morning, August 12, 2021, at the Western Missouri Medical Center, Warrensburg. She was born May 11, 1951, in Pittsfield, Illinois, the daughter of Robert Maurice Robinson and Bonita Lois (Springer) Robinson. She married Charles W. Gardner III. She then married Vernon Colman Brown on October 5, 1986 in Chilhowee, Mo., and he preceded her in death on April 21, 2019. Tressie graduated from Pittsfield High School. She worked in the medical field for several years and made a career change to music education in her mid 30’s. She taught music for Kansas City Public Schools for many years. Her vibrant and kind personality made her classrooms fun, and she was a beloved teacher by many students. She enjoyed band, choir, and jazz band and the relationships she made selling Avon and Mary Kay. She was a kind person and enjoyed taking care of the people in her life. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Warrensburg. Survivors include a son, Charles W. Gardner IV (Lorie), Keller, Texas; 3 daughters, Sonja A. Hurd (Travis), Windsor, Mo.; Crystal Fredericksen, Warrensburg, Mo.; and Kendra S. Chase, Sedalia, Mo.; 20 grandchildren, Charles V., Chloe, Logan, Grayden born to Charles; Kali, Lilian, Shelby, Melody, and Adam born to Sonja; Caleb, Tyler, Gabriel, Noel, Alarice, Lariyah, and Micah born to Crystal; and Kyle, Leland, Emily, and Ivy born to Kendra; 2 great-grandchildren, Joyce Evelyn-Grace and Josiah; a sister, Juanita Smith (Mike), Sedalia, Mo., and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her husband Charles and her husband Vernon, she was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents who raised her, a brother, Robin Robinson, and a sister, Cindy. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 22, 2021, at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. A time of sharing led by Pastor Joe Hall will be held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in the Pisgah Cemetery, Chilhowee, Mo. The family suggests contributions for funeral and monument expenses and can be left in care of the funeral home.