Philippa “Peepa” T. Brown, 81, of Hendersonville, N.C., died March 22, 2010.

A native of Rome, Italy, she was a daughter of the late Philip Rhodes Thorn and Francesca Hill Thorn.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Paul Robert Brown, who died in 2005.

Before to moving to Henderson County in 2003, she was a prior resident of Camden and Dyer Island Vinalhaven. After receiving her bachelor of arts degree from Bard College in New York state, she spent most of her time in real estate and raising her three children. Bridge was her passion! She played bridge for over 55 years and reached the Golden Age Master Level in the ACBL.

She is survived by two daughters and a son, Francesca Thorn of Carmel, Calif., Paula T. Ricchi of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Philip R. Brown of Rockport; two granddaughters, Francesca E. Ricchi and Lindsey Anne Ricchi.

Services are private. Condolence cards may be sent to Francesca Thorn, P.O. Box 223753, Carmel, CA 93922.

Arrangements are with Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center. An online register book is available for family and friends at