Brown, Maria Miller (1883-1975)

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Maria Miller Brown was born 16 October 1883 and died 10 December 1975. With her husband, Henry Jacob Brown, Maria Miller Brown founded a mission program in Hopei Province, China, in 1909, with the support of their families and a number of Mennonite congregations in North America. Her husband had wanted to take up work in Africa, but she suggested China because her family had ties with people doing mission work in China. Their first point of contact in China was with her cousin, Jonathan J. Schrag, Freeman, South Dakota, who was part of a mission society founded earlier by Henry C. and Nellie Schmidt Bartel. Born in Marion, South Dakota, Maria helped to develop the first mission station at Kai Chow (later known as Puyang). In the early years, before the General Conference Mennonite Church mission board took on the support of their program, she assisted her husband in operating a medical dispensary. She led in women's work and engaged in village evangelism and church visitation. A son, Roland, entered mission work in Taiwan in 1956.


Gaeddert, Jesse Brown. "At Home in Two Worlds: Maria Miller Brown, 1883-1975," in Full Circle, ed. Mary Lou Cummings. Newton, KS, 1978: 48-58.

Brown, Maria Miller. Praise the Lord. Freeman, SD: Pine Hill Printery, 1963.

Author(s) Maynard Shelly
Date Published 1986

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 104. All rights reserved.

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