BRANDON- Marlene M. Brown, 84, of Brandon, IA died on Tuesday February 16, 2021 at the Journey
Care Center in Barrington, IL, surrounded by her family.
Marlene was born to Orville C. and Charlotte M. (Davis) Lehman on May 13, 1936 in their home in rural
Brandon, IA. Marlene attended the Brandon Community School and graduated in 1954. She went on to
attend the Iowa Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls, IA, and received her certificate of Teaching in 1956.
On November 29, 1957 she married her high school sweetheart, Larry D. Brown, at the United
Methodist Church in Brandon. Larry joined the U.S. Army and they lived throughout the United States.
Marlene really enjoyed her time in Alaska, California, and Manhattan, KS. In 1978, they settled on a
farm they purchased in rural Brandon, IA. Marlene was an active member of the Brandon community.
She volunteered with the Brandon Historical Society, the Brandon Area Community Club, B.A.S.H., the
Mobile Food Pantry, Buchanan County Tourism, and the Buchanan County Planning and Zoning
Committee. For many years she was the Chairwoman for the Farm Bureau Women for District 1. She
was a member of the Brandon Quilters Club, the United Methodist Church in Brandon, and active with
the United Methodist Women.
She loved taking care of her children and others, for many years she and Larry were foster parents to
many children. She also enjoyed coaching her daughter’s softball teams over the years.
Marlene had many interests, among them were quilting, gardening, ceramics, and local history. Her
family is what she loved the most, the memories that were made spending time with her grandchildren
and great grandchildren were her favorite ones to share.
Marlene is survived by her six children; Scott (Jenn) Brown, Brandon, IA, Brenda (Ray) Bailey,
Mansfield, TX, Kaylene (Bill) Brown, Anchorage, AK, Becky (Tom) Peterson, Bondurant, IA, Karen
(Brian) Thomson, North Barrington, IL, and Kathy (Eric) Christianson, Lake Mills, IA, fourteen
grandchildren; Jessica Brown and Cody Brown, Waterloo, IA, Justin (Michelle) Bailey, Grand Prairie,
TX, Ryan Bailey, Ft. Worth, TX, Christopher Brown and Stephen Brown, Anchorage, AK, Stephanie
(Zach) King, Bondurant, IA, Andrew (Jenni) Newton, Bondurant, IA, Zachary (Ana) Peterson, Des
Moines, IA, Cameron (Ashley) Thomson, Washington, D.C., Colin Thomson, Chicago, IL, Lars (Brittney)
Christianson, Leland, IA, Cassie (Michael) Johnson, Joice, IA, and Carlie (Evan) Fritz, Joice, IA, eight
great grandchildren, three brothers; Richard “Dick” (Dorothy) Lehman, Fairbank, IA, John (Artie)
Lehman, Hazelton, IA, David (Lorraine) Lehman, Brandon, IA, a sister, Nancy (James) Prevatt, Bonita
Springs, FL, and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Charlotte Lehman, her husband Larry Brown in
1993, and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ruth and Everett Brown.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday February 20th, at the United Methodist Church in
Brandon, IA with Rev. Luke Evans presiding. Burial will be held at the Brandon Cemetery. Visitation
will be held from 4 PM until 8 PM on Friday February 19, 2021 at the Reiff Family Center in
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