Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
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Don & Betty Brownson Endowment Fund

Established 2013

Betty & Don Brownson

Betty & Don Brownson

This fund supports the A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools and the Aurora East Educational Foundation.

Don Brownson (1927-2017) was born in Roselle, Illinois. He was a graduate of East Aurora High School and the Northwestern University School of Commerce.

Betty Brownson was born in Plattville, Illinois. She is a graduate of Newark High School and National Louis University.

Mr. and Mrs. Brownson were married in 1950. They then started a wholesale lumber business in Aurora.

Later, they purchased two retail lumber yards in Colorado (Breckenridge Building Center in 1970 and Edwards Building Center in 1978).

Mr. Brownson continued to be active in both businesses.

Mrs. Brownson is an active member of New England Congregational Church in Aurora and First United Methodist Church in Naples, Florida.

She has been a member of the board of directors at Sunnymere in Aurora for twenty-seven years. She also has served as a board member of the Child Welfare Society and is an active member of PEO in Aurora and Naples.

Mr. Brownson was a member of New England Congregational Church and First United Methodist Church. He volunteered for Habitat For Humanity in Naples.

The couple had three children and seven grandchildren.


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