Lynette Mable (Brown) Brayshaw of Middlefield, CT passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020. She was lovingly surrounded by her family during her last days, and will be missed by so very many!
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Born on January 5, 1922 in Middletown, she grew up in Middlefield, and was the last remaining member of her graduating class from Woodrow Wilson High School, Class of 1939. Lynette was the beloved wife of Robert E. Brayshaw who passed away in 1971. They raised their family in Meriden for some years before returning to the home where she grew up in Middlefield. She was the daughter of the late Wilder C. Brown and Anne Leining Brown.
Lynette was the matriarch of a large family. She leaves her four children: Former 1st Selectman Jon A. Brayshaw (Gwen), Robert A. Brayshaw, Lynette Brayshaw Haber and Jane Brayshaw Rynaski. She also leaves behind her 10 grandchildren, including her granddaughter, Katie Brayshaw O’Connor with whom she was always very close, and 23 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Robert W. Brown as well as several nieces and nephews.
Lynette was always a big part of Middlefield. As a young woman, she was crowned Apple Blossom Queen and Miss Lake Beseck. She was an artist, a musician and an authority on antiques. Not only did she play piano at Happy Acres Resort in its heyday, Lynette played the organ in many churches during her long career, most notably as organist and choir master at Third Congregational Church in Westfield for several years. She was a member of Middlefield Federated Church. She operated her antique business “The Collector’s Loft” both at antique shows as well as two local shops.
Her love of Middlefield and its history led her to become President of the Middlefield Historical Society for many years and, to those who knew her, she will be remembered (and missed) as “The Keeper of Middlefield’s History.”
Along with her parents and husband, Lynette was predeceased by her sisters, Irma Morse and Marian Doane, her brother, Alan B. Brown, and her daughter-in-law Patricia Sattler Brayshaw.
Due to the present circumstances of social distancing, the family will hold private graveside services with a celebration of her life to be arranged for a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St., Meriden, CT 06450. In lieu of flowers, anyone who cares to is encouraged to make a donation to the Middlefield Historical Society 405 Main Street, Middlefield, CT 06455.