Marilyn Brown of Iowa City passed peacefully from this earth Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at her home. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at First Presbyterian Church, 2701 Rochester Ave., Iowa City, with the Rev. Sam Massey officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, 605 Kirkwood Ave, Iowa City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church or Iowa City Hospice.
Marilyn Jean Brown was born on May 17, 1933, in Delta, Iowa, to Alice and Keith (McKeag) Lemon. She was raised in Delta, Oskaloosa and Cedar Rapids, where she graduated in 1951 from McKinley High School. Soon after, Marilyn met the love of her life, Richard (Dick) Brown, and they were married on Oct. 15, 1954. They settled in Iowa City where Marilyn worked at Towner’s Clothing Store in downtown Iowa City. Upon delivering the first of four children, Marilyn became a stay-at-home mother, caring for her family and home until the kids had graduated high school.
In 1960, Marilyn and Dick became members of First Presbyterian Church where, over the next 53 years, Marilyn was very active, serving both as a deacon and elder to the congregation. In 1979, she assumed the role of co-chair of the Mercy Hospital Guild Gift Shop, a position she held until her retirement 20 years later. Marilyn’s priorities and great joys in life were her family, her friends and her church, to which she was always faithful and generous.
She will be missed, but always remembered, by her husband, Dick; her children, Dan (Tricia) Brown of Iowa City, Beth (David) Lange of North Liberty, Molly (Mark) Reynolds of Iowa City and Amy (Bret) Horrell of Iowa City; her grandchildren, Megan (Adam) Patton, Erin Lange, Nathan Reynolds, Caitlin Smith, Sean Smith, Bridget Brown, Muriel Brown and Sarah Horrell; her great-granddaughter, Isabella Patton; and the many friends who were touched by her kindness and loving smile.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her father, mother and stepfather, Wendell Kriese.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lensingfuneral.com.
Published Feb. 26, 2013 in The Gazette