In Memory of

Lois Ellen Brown

November 16, 1932 - October 3, 2018
From: Laurens, IA
Lois Ellen Brown

Lois Ellen Brown

Born: November 16, 1932
Died: October 3, 2018
Age: 85

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Lois Ellen (Johnson) Brown, the daughter of Gordon and Elizabeth Johnson was born November 16th, 1932 in Pomeroy, Iowa.   She was the youngest of three children. Lois graduated Pomeroy High School, May 1951.  On February 21st, 1953, Lois was united in marriage to Carl Brown. They moved to the Marathon area where they farmed and raised their five daughters.

Lois loved spending time with or hearing from her children and grandchildren.  As her family grew she always stayed connected with everyone and she was very kind to remember birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions. Throughout her life her strong faith, her love of music and caring for others exemplified a positive role model. She taught piano lessons for many years and was a church organist for over 50 years. When Lois wasn’t playing piano or organ she could be found in the kitchen baking and she especially loved making pies. She was a woman of many talents. She liked to crochet afghans and more recently, baby hats that she donated to the newborn babies at the Spencer Hospital.  She was always up for a game of cards and enjoyed her friendship with her card playing friends. Lois and her husband Carl enjoyed traveling and she had many stories of their experiences. Lois was a farm wife at heart and while on the farm she planted a big garden and spent many hours canning vegetables.  Later in life she maintained an interest in farming as she watched the seasons roll by from her chair.

Heaven called Lois home on Wednesday, October 3rd where she will be reunited with loved ones.  She was preceded in death by her husband Carl Brown; parents, Gordon and Elizabeth Johnson; sister Carol Aljets; grandson Johnathon Fox; granddaughter Paige Marie George.

Left to cherish her memory is her brother Dean and Lois Johnson and their families.  Her daughters: Jane and Wayne Larson of Storm Lake, Judy and Darrell Fox, Spencer, Nancy and John Johnson, Lake Mills, Nita and Evan George, Sioux City, and Carla Dornsbach, Woodland Park, Colorado. Grandchildren: Ryan and Mai Larson, Davenport,  Kelly and Stephen Oliver Eades, Tennessee, Sarah and Kevin Drake Durham, North Carolina,  Christopher Fox & Benjamin Fox, Iowa City, Michael and Cassie Johnson and Eric and Felicia Johnson, Joice, Megan Johnson, Sioux City,  Kollin and Kendall George, Reno, Nevada,  Matthew George and Connor George, Ames, Montana Dornsbach, Jackson Dornsbach, Aspen Dornsbach and Autumn Dornsbach, Woodland Park, Colorado,  Great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn and Kyle Oliver, Madeline Drake, and Avery George: Honorary family members, Ron and Bette Jolliffe and Carl and Jody Burger; Extended family including brother and sister in-laws, nieces and nephews and many friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 8, 2018 at Laurens Methodist Church in Laurens, Iowa.

In Lieu of Flowers, Memorials are designated to the Lois Brown Memorial Fund.
Pastor Ed Frank
Ryan Larson
Christopher Fox
Benjamin Fox
Michael Johnson
Eric Johnson
Matthew George

Megan Johnson
Kollin George
Connor George
Montana Dornsbach
Autumn Dornsbach
Aspen Dornsbach
Jackson Dornsbach
Kelly Oliver
Sarah Drake

Jonathon Fox
Will be held one hour prior to the Funeral Service on Monday at Laurens Methodist Church in Laurens, IA.
Special Music:
"Super Market Flowers"
"Jealous Of The Angels"

Congregational Hymns
"Blessed Assurance"
"Lord You Have Come To The Lake Shore"
Poland Township Cemetery
Marathon, Iowa


Monday, October 8, 2018 at 11:08 AM
“My sympathies to you all. Lois was a very kind soul.”
- Kim Hanish Heddinger
Friday, October 5, 2018 at 6:51 PM
“Dear Brown Girls and your family, Our deepest sympathy and prayers are being sent to you at the loss of your mom. Your parents shared many great memories with my parents, Millie and Harvey Burnham. They enjoyed great trips and many card games together. What a great reunion is happening in Heaven, and I imagine some card games are being planned again. It's so hard to lose our moms. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Nancy and Ken Kunickis, and Ashley Stumpf”
- Nancy and Ken Kunickis and Ashley Stumpf
Friday, October 5, 2018 at 3:48 PM
“Our deepest sympathies to the Brown Family and former neighbors. What great memories we had through the years, especially farming, getting together for coffee and of course our local Avon Lady.”
- Becky Baker
Friday, October 5, 2018 at 2:20 PM
“Jane,Judy,Nancy,Anita and Carla, so sorry to hear about Lois.Just saw her awhile back. Was good to visit.Sending prayers to all of you.Its the toughest to lose our parents.”
- Beth Hart Blair
Friday, October 5, 2018 at 11:44 AM
“So sorry for your loss
Will keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers”
- Jeff Garton
Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 8:35 PM
“Judy & family,
So sorry for your loss!! Hugs & lots of prayers for comfort !!!!
- Luana Nair
Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 4:30 PM
“She had a very special place in my heart. Thoughts and prayers to all of Lois’s family.”
- Tiffany Manwarren
Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 3:26 PM
“I am so sorry to hear about Lois. To her daughters: I want you all to know she bragged about each and every one of you and always said how proud she was of all of you. She loved you all so very much. I will miss her dearly.”
- Jill Elbert
Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 3:25 PM
“Nita and family - I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Moms are so special. Hugs and prayers to all of you.”
- Cheryl Smith
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