Hope (Place) Brownell, 89, formerly of Bridgewater, died Aug. 23, 2010, at home in Southbury. She was the wife of Fenner E. Brownell for 61 years.

She was born June 17, 1921, in Cranston, R.I., daughter of Charles F. and Edith Place.

She was actively involved in town and community activities while raising her family in Bridgewater.

Mrs. Brownell was known for having a positive outlook, determination, patience, kindness, and devotion to those who were close to her.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Brownell is survived by two daughters, Deborah and Sarah; a son, Fenner, and daughter-in-law, Susan; four grandchildren, Caleb, Lauren, Hollis and Tyler; a sister, Barbara Driscoll; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service for family and friends was held at Bridgewater South Cemetery.