Coast Monthly poses 10 questions to an intriguing resident of the Texas Coast.
Island resident Elizabeth Aimee Brown was born in Pretoria, South Africa, on Jan. 29, 1914. During World War II, she became a Red Cross nurse and later assisted her husband in his self-owned business. She immigrated to Texas in 1994 and became a U.S. citizen in 2002.
Who is your hero?
Jesus Christ, my Lord and savior.
What are you most proud of?
My loving daughter Brenda Gutierrez and becoming an American citizen.
If you could change one thing in your past, what would it be?
I’d like to have my dear husband back with me who passed away in 1999.
What would you like to teach younger generations?
I’d like to teach them history, geography and good manners.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate. Any kind of chocolate.
What skills have you always wanted to possess?
I’d love to play the piano well. I used to play, but not well enough for my taste.
What’s something that no one knows about you?
I traveled to Nazi Germany in 1936. Hitler was in power. I saw the posters of him and people stomping. Especially in the beer gardens. It was a scary time.
What song is your personal anthem/favorite piece of music?
Your secret to longevity?
I played tennis on a regular basis until I was 70 and bridge until a few years ago. That helped. And laughing a lot. Even when there isn’t much to laugh about.
Describe a favorite memory in 10 words.
A 90th birthday cruise from Galveston with the entire family.