May 22, 1922 ~ September 9, 2018

Born in: Estancia, New Mexico
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana

RoZelma Brown’s funeral

Old Bethel UMC 7995 E 21st Street Indianapolis, IN 46219

Viewing Thursday, September 13, 11:30-2:30  Service at 2:30.

Private burial.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Old Bethel & Partners Food Pantry, located at 8032 E. 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219

RoZelma grew up on a cattle ranch in New Mexico.  She was licensed as a beautician in Lafayette, IN.  She met Robert Hoyman on a blind date and married a year later.  During World War II she worked in a tech department with 150 men who slabbed quartz for communication devices.  Her job was to mark with a wax pen where the quartz twinned.

For a decade, she worked at Sears managing a million dollars worth of inventory for their jewelry department.  After being widowed for several years, she married Donald Brown and moved to Wanamaker.  Her creative interests turned to stained glass and paint. RoZelma Brown’s training in live portrait work was under the tutelage of Harold Buck and Bill Ashby; work in oils and water was with Rosemary Lawton Thomas; and final training in art glass was with Vincent Fox.

Memberships include: The Hoosier Salon, The Watercolor Society of Indiana, Indiana Artist Club, Central Indiana Artists and the Southside Art League.  Notably, RoZelma is a Signature Artist with the Watercolor Society of Indiana.

Her permanent standing works of stained glass include the 30′ X 20′ frontis work at Old Bethel United Methodist Church located at 21st and Franklin Rd., Indianapolis, IN (Note: Two watercolor collections are housed on permanent display in this building.)

Her husbands: Robert Earl Hoyman and Donald Clyde Brown and eldest child: Ronald Dale Hoyman preceded her in death.  She is survived by her daughters:  Sherrie Lynn Pennington, and Linda Leigh Hacker; her grandchildren: Shannon Meagher, Vanessa Wright and Amanda Hacker; and her great grandchildren:  Maia Smith, Nathan Hacker, Sam Smith, Aidan Smith, Evan Wright, and Isaac Wright.


Visitation: September 13, 2018 11:30 am

Old Bethel United Methodist Church
7995 E 21st St.
Indianapolis, IN 46219

Funeral Service: September 13, 2018 2:30 pm

Old Bethel United Methodist Church
7995 E 21st St.
Indianapolis, IN 46219

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  1. I met Rozelma in 1989 she became a good friend and spiritual mentor to me .We met for lunch occasionally and she always inspired me to live to help others and to make good decisions . I can say she is a super bright light that will always continue to shine in my heart and in my mind ! Sincerely Devon Kirkman.

  2. So sorry…she was a loyal customer of mine for 25 years. My route won’t be the same now when I’m working on Mace Dr. I’ll miss her dearly.

  3. When GOD created RoZelma HE broke the mold because she was so unique that there could only be one. I recall the kids standing on the porch calling out RoZelmaaaa and Squeaky pitter-pattering around and the strawberry patch and painting classes and the grapevine and so much fun. I especially enjoyed learning to water color and learning that ‘happy accidents’ are really ok. We certainly will miss Rozelma but are at peace that she is with JESUS. Our sympathy to Linda and Sherrie and all the family. JESUS is our Answer!

    D McDonald

    September 19, 2018

  4. I knew Ro from her visits to St Francis Clinic in Beech Grove. Her visits were on a regular basis and schedule. We have moved away and I did not know of her passing. Great talented lady.

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