Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


February 24, 2012

Mary Brown

Knoxville —  

Mary Isabella Brown, age 82, of Knoxville, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at the Griffin Nursing Home in Knoxville.

Mary was born in Revere, Mo., on Nov. 8, 1929, to Elmer C. and Mary May (James) Wickell.  

She attended school and on April 11, 1951, she married Francis Diamond “Bob” Brown.  Bob and Mary were married for over 20 years and were blessed with three children; Edna, Delores and Christine.  

Bob died on Feb. 11, 1972.

Mary was a very active homemaker all her life and also worked for Steven’s Restaurant and later the VA Hospital.  She never had a driver’s license and walked everywhere she went in Knoxville.  

She enjoyed gardening, flowers, embroidery, reading, crossword puzzles, and paint by number paintings.  Mary’s biggest love was watching and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mary is survived by her children Edna (Robert) Whitlatch of Knoxville, Delores Stevenson of Peoria, Ariz., and Christine (Jeff) Burnett of Chandler, Ariz.; seven grandchildren Stacey Hall, Dennis Edward Pettyjohn, Amy Reidel, Kevin Whitlatch, Cindy Spriggs, Sara Ann Stevenson, and Maddison Burnett; and seven great grandchildren Kody, Cheyenne, Kyler, Kasyn, Jaden, Rylie, and Calvin.  Mary is also survived by one brother Vernon Wickell; and five sisters Rosa May Jennette, Pearl Goble, Bess Hooper, Mable Lowry, and Frances Logden.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bob; four brothers Lewis, Eugene, Robert and Ralph Wickell; one step-brother Robert Wickell; and one sister Jerri Dillon. 

A funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at the Winfield Funeral Home in Knoxville, with Rev. Bill McDonald officiating.  Burial followed services at Graceland Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the American Alzheimer’s Association.  Condolences may be sent to


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