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Thelma Lois Brown, 101, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Kansas City North, was born December 18, 1911, on her grandparents' farm near Centerview, Missouri, the daughter of Forrest David and Edna Pearl (Harris) Early. She departed this life at 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center surrounded with love and family.
Thelma graduated from Warrensburg Public High School in 1928. She then attended the Central Missouri Teachers College where she was a member of the Alpha Phi Delta Sorority and the Honorary Beta Chapter Sorority.
On October 12, 1946, she was united in marriage to James Daniel "J.D." Brown in Kansas City, Kansas. They were married for 64 years before he preceded her in death on December 31, 2010.
She was a member of the First Calvary Baptist Church which she joined in 1932. She served there in several capacities including the W.M.U. and the Pre School Sunday School. She was also a member of the Big Shoal Eastgate P.T.A, member and officer in the Cheerful Tillers Garden Club, and a member of the Clay County Council of Garden Clubs. Thelma enjoyed spending time gardening and being outdoors.
She was preceded in death by two brothers Forrest "Bunny" Early and Floyd "Bud" Early.
Thelma is survived by one son, Jim Brown and wife Kathleen of Pleasant Hill; one grandson James Daly Brown and wife Angela of Kansas City; five granddaughters Kathleen Brundage and husband Don of Pleasant Hill, Kelly Coady of Madison, Connecticut, Kerry Schaub and husband Kenton of Harrisonville, Jennifer Bracken and husband Scott of Pleasant Hill, and Julie (Brown) Haralson of Pleasant Hill; a special niece Kay Foxe of Kansas City, Missouri; 12 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
The family would like to thank Dr. John Moore and staff, the staff at Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center and the staff of Crossroads Hospice who all contributed to her care.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the funeral home where visitation was held prior to the service. Reverend Richard Williams of the New Covenant Fellowship Church, Garden City officiated.
Graveside services and interment were held in the Fairview Cemetery, Kearney, Missouri. Casket bearers were Scott Bracken, James Daly Brown, Don and Greg Brundage, Kenton, Austin and Tanner Schaub.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Crossroads Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.