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Clarke County and one of Virginia’s oldest residents dies

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Clarke County and Virginia lost one of its oldest citizens.

Berryville resident Mary Viola Brown died of natural causes on Sat. May 21.

Known as Viola she was born on October 4, 1911 in Hume Virginia with she and the family moving to Clarke County in 1918 where she lived out the rest of  her life.

Ms. Brown was extraordinarily healthy and only started to take medication at 101 years of age she was 102 before she started using a walker.

Berryville’s town council officially declared Oct. 4, 2011 as Viola Brown Centennial Celebration Day.

In 2021 then Virginia Governor Northam sent Ms. Brown a letter calling her a Supercentenarian.

Ms. Brown once received a signed letter from then President Barack Obama honoring her for contributions to the nation.

Enders and Shirley Funeral home printed her obituary and are handling the arrangements.

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