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Ellen Brown 1950-2013

May 9, 2013
Emmetsburg News

CORALVILLE -- Ellen Marie Brown (Brennan), 62, of Coralville died peacefully at her home on Sunday, May 5, 2013, surrounded by her family.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 10, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Coral- ville.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, with a Rosary Service at 4 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. at Lensing Oak Hill in Coralville.

Burial will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Coralville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iowa City Hospice or St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

Ellen was born on May 18, 1950 in Emmetsburg, the daughter of Francis and Gladys (Rierson) Brennan. Ellen graduated from Emmetsburg Catholic High School in 1968. Following graduation, she attended Emmetsburg Junior College.

Ellen married her high school sweetheart John Joseph Brown on Oct. 22, 1971 in Santa Barbara, CA. Ellen and Joe had five daughters.

Due to recent health issues, Ellen retired from ENT Medical Services, where she worked in billing and insurance.

Ellen is survived by her husband Joe; five daughters, Lisa (Ray) Thomas-Sanchez and their children, Kerry and Evan, Molly Brown and her children Olivia and Laila, Sarah (Mike) Raecker and their children, Jacob and Zachary, Katy (Kyle) Knipper and one child on the way, Hilary (Bryan) Jensen; three siblings, Pat (Bill) Molloy, Jerry (Betty) Brennan, and Rosie (Mike) Sebern; two brothers-in-law, Rich Brugman and Bill Brown; one sister-in-law, Kay Brown; and mother-in-law, Helen Brown.

Ellen is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Kathy Brugman; father-in-law, J. Jay Brown; and her dog, Babe.

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