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Lily Brown

December 3, 1954 — December 24, 2022

Lily Brown


Lily Brown Baltazar, 68, of Houston, Texas passed away surrounded by
loved ones on the eve of her favorite holiday December 24, 2022.
Lily was born on December 3, 1954 to Melchor Baltazar and Guadalupe
Rodriguez in Chicago, Illinois where she met the love of her life, Oscar Brown.
Oscar and Lily dated for a year and half before marrying her true love in Nueva
Rosita, Coahuila at the young age of 16 and Oscar, 19, in 1971. In the Spring of
1972, they welcomed their first child, Claudia. Not long after, the young couple
decided to move to Houston, Texas where they resided and had their other two
children, Liliana and Oscar. As a wife and mother Lily was caring, fun, loving, and
supportive. Her welcoming spirit and infectious personality made her home with
Oscar the focal point of many family gatherings, parties, and fond memories.
She devoted her life to her children often volunteering at their grade school
where she was offered an opportunity to go back to school. Lily took advantage
of this opportunity while her own kids attended school. Lily fulfilled her life-long
dream and attended Texas Southern University. In 1988, she graduated with her
Bachelors of Science in Bilingual Education. She later returned and obtained her
Masters in Educational Leadership in 1997 and eventually had an opportunity to
attend the Harvard Educational Leadership Institute in 2004. Lily was an
inspirational and highly admired teacher and administrator for 32 years in the
Houston Independent School District.
Lily loved her HISD family and gained many lifelong friendships while
working there. Teaching was a true passion for Lily, and her dedication to her
work and students reflected it. She loved teaching and connecting with her
students. For the lifetime of her 32-year career, she maintained high test scores
and was consistently recognized by her school district for her outstanding
achievements. She retired in 2014, but her love and passion for education and
students continued as she often gave back to her community by donating books
and school supplies every year.
In her past time, Lily loved connecting with her friends, compadres, and
family. She valued relationships and was a supportive friend and listening ear to
many. She enjoyed reading, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren
whom she adored with all her heart.

Lily was a devoted Catholic and attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic
Church for many years and was an active member of St. Bernadette Catholic
Church most recently. She lived a life of faith and was a dedicated community
and church volunteer.
Lily is preceded in death by her mother, Guadalupe Rodriguez, and brother,
Alfredo Baltazar.
She is survived by her father, Melchor Baltazar, and sisters, Consuelo
Haynsz and Sally Garcia, loving husband, Oscar Brown, daughter Claudia Martinez
and her husband, Juan Martinez, grandson, Juan Martinez III, and daughter Liliana
Brown and Maria Mandujano, and grandchildren, Monica and Oscar Chapa, and
son Oscar Brown Jr. and Gabriela Martinez and grandchildren…Kimberly, Oscar,
and Joe Angel Brown. Along with a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews,
cousins, compadres, and other family members, neighbors, and many friends.


Cremation will take place on a later day.

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Past Services


Tuesday, December 27, 2022

4:00 - 9:00 pm (Central time)

Rosary: 7:00pm

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

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