Memorial service for former COA director planned


Council on Aging (COA), along with her family, invite members of the public to attend a memorial and celebration of the life of former Executive Director Cathy Brown from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at COA’s River House.

Brown served as executive director for 14 years, from 1999 to 2013. She had a tremendous impact on the mission of Council on Aging and the St. Johns County community. Her creative thinking and boundless energy helped to transform the small agency into a force for change and good. Her vision resulted in a thriving agency with five senior centers; a nationally recognized public transportation system known as the Sunshine Bus; the Sunshine Center, an adult day care center; and IMEP, COA’s innovative memory disorder early intervention program.

Her passion for excellence, commitment to good and gift of motivation inspired staff, volunteers, participants and board members.

"Cathy was an incredible visionary and tireless advocate for seniors and caregivers in St. Johns County," said Becky Yanni, executive director of COA. "COA meant so much to Cathy, and Cathy means so much to COA. Her legacy will live on, improving the lives of our community's elders and caregivers in perpetuity."

River House is located at 179 Marine St. in St. Augustine. In lieu of flowers, her family has requested that donations be made to Council on Aging, or a charity of your choice. If you would like to send a message of condolence or share a memory of Cathy Brown with her family, call 904-977-5288 where you can record a message for them.

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