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October 26, 2012

Winifred Brown, 94, Sigourney

SIGOURNEY — Winifred M. Brown, 94, of Sigourney, died Oct. 23, 2012, at her home.

Winifred was born July 14, 1918, in rural Ollie to Raymond E. and Bessie (Clingan) Sheridan. On Sept. 14, 1940, she was united in marriage to Calvin Leroy Brown at the Sigourney Christian Church parsonage by Rev. Leo Potter.  

She attended Doggett rural school through eighth grade, graduated from Sigourney High School in 1936 and received her secretary and bookkeeping degree from Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines in 1938. Winifred was employed as a bookkeeper at Adam’s Plumbing in Des Moines, Barker Poultry Equipment Company in Ottumwa and did two years of clerical work in the Keokuk County Auditor’s office in Sigourney. In 1940, the couple established their home near Martinsburg, where they had a poultry buying business for three years. After Leroy returned from the service, they moved to the Hayesville area and the poultry business. In 1948, they moved to a farm near Lancaster and established Brown Feed and Supply and also raised broilers and laying hens. Winifred and Leroy worked side-by-side in the business, retiring in 1982 after 42 years in business.

She was a devoted mother of two sons, Larry L. and Thomas J. Brown. Winifred was a member of Lancaster Christian Church since November 1932, where she taught Sunday School, was active in the CWF and in 1978 was a member of the Lancaster Church Building Committee. She was also a member of the Chastine Goodwill Club, Keokuk County Farm Bureau, Keokuk County AARP and Lancaster School Heritage Foundation.

Survivors include her husband, Leroy of Sigourney; two sons, Larry (Marcia) of Harrisonburg, Va., and Thomas (Barb) of Bay City, Texas; four grandchildren, Jason (Lisa) Brown, Derek (Molly) Brown, Kim Brown and Ashley Brown; and four great-grandchildren, Isabel and Petra Brown and Nora Lee and Keegan Brown.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and granddaughter, Dawn Desiree Brown.

Celebration of life service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lancaster Christian Church in Sigourney; with Revs. Dave Matteson and Mark Doll officiating. Burial will be at Pennington Cemetery in rural Sigourney.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at Powell Funeral Home in Sigourney.

A memorial fund has been established for Lancaster Christian Church or the Sigourney Public Library.

Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Sigourney is caring for Winifred and her family. Condolences may be emailed at www.powellfuneralhomes.com under obituaries.

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