Ellen Grace Brown, 107, of Lenox, formerly of Prescott, Iowa, entered eternal rest on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at the Lenox Care Center. Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at the Stringtown Community Church in rural Lenox. Pastor Tim Maxa will officiate. Burial will follow at the Stringtown Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Stringtown Community Church. Memories and condolences can be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Ellen Grace Gibson, the daughter of Grover Cleveland and Laura Luella (Byers) Gibson was born on August 30, 1915 on a farm near Stringtown in Adams County. She graduated from Lenox High School with the class of 1932. Ellen Grace then attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls to receive her normal training certificate. She taught country school at Union #8 in Adams County for two years before marrying Austin Stewart Brown on August 9, 1936 at her home. After they were married the couple lived near Port Angeles in Washington, where Ellen Grace was a homemaker and worked at a local church. In 1941, the family moved back to Iowa where Ellen Grace took on the roll as farmwife.
Ellen Grace was involved with many activities, including PTA, Band Mother’s, Farm Bureau Women and 4-H. She was a great volunteer and dedicated her time to many organizations including, Rose Ann Auxiliary, where she served as the past president; American Cancer Society, serving as a past education chairman; chairman of the Bloodmobile for the American Red Cross and chairman for the Adams County History Book. For her countless hours of volunteering, she received an Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Governor of Iowa. Ellen Grace was a member of the Order of The Eastern Star where she was a Past Matron of the Star. She was also a member of the History Club and enjoyed studying genealogy. Ellen Grace’s faith was very important to her and she expressed that faith by being a member of the Stringtown Community Church where she was very active. She taught bible study at Vintage Park, Taylor Ridge, Country Haven and Corning Specialty Care. When she lived at Vintage Park, she played piano for everyone to enjoy and was affectionally known as the ”puzzle lady” because she was always doing puzzles. Most of all, Ellen Grace will always be remembered as the best grandma.
Ellen Grace was a very dedicated CHRISTIAN as well as a wonderful Wife, Mother, Grandmother and friend. She will be remembered as a very GIVING Lady. Ellen Grace was a proud American who enjoyed giving back to her community. May she be at peace in God’s loving care.
Left to cherish Ellen Grace’s memory are her children, Byron Brown and wife Marilyn of Prescott and Laura Scholl and husband Loren of Prescott; son-in-law, John Beran and wife Rita of Lenox; nine grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceding Ellen Grace in death were her parents, Grover and Laura; husband, Austin in 1980; daughter, Carolyn in 2006; granddaughter, Lynette Earnest in 2014; step granddaughter Linda Scholl in 2022.