Thelma Jeanne Nelson Brown, daughter of Lyle and Bessie House Nelson, was born on December 4, 1927, in Clearfield, Iowa and passed away at Clearview Nursing Home in Clearfield on November 30, 2010.
Thelma lived her entire life on farms around Clearfield. She attended country schools and graduated from Clearfield high school in 1945. She was married to Dale Buchanan Brown on October 6, 1946 and to this union were born five children, Allen James, Ronald Dale, Betty Lou, Kathy Jean and Clinton Buchanan.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, United Methodist Church and UMW. She enjoyed life on the farm, raising her family and helping others. She spent many hours in her garden and was a wonderful cook. She made many blue jean quilts and loved taking family trips. She took great joy in her grandchildren and their activities.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; her parents, and brothers-in-law, Paul Brown and Raymond Taylor.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Allen and Suzanne Brown of Clearfield, Iowa; Ron and Nancy Brown of Diagonal, Iowa, Betty Lou and David Groves of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Kathy and Robert Steinbach of Ankeny, Iowa and Clint and Heather Brown of Creston, Iowa; six grandchildren, Amanda (Kurt) Stoaks, Aaron (Shannon) Groves, Tara (Jim) Murphy, Austin Steinbach and Chance and Spencer Brown; eight great-grandchildren, Todd, Jacy and Tyra Stoaks, Cameron and Braylon Welch-Groves and Evan, Aidan and Ashlyn Murphy; sister, Darlene Taylor of Clearfield, Iowa; brothers, Dean (Mildred) Nelson of Lenox, Iowa and Paul (Joann) Nelson of Clearfield, Iowa; sister-in-law, Lavon Brown of Clearfield, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial fund has been established to the United Methodist Church and the fire department, both in Clearfield. Arrangements were by Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Clearfield.
Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield on Thursday, December 2, 2010, with
Rev. Shurmaine McAlpine officiating. Pianist was Becky Nelson. Casket bearers included Allen Brown, Ron Brown, Clint Brown, David Groves, Aaron Groves, Robert Steinbach, Austin Steinbach and Amanda Stoaks.
Thelma was laid at rest in the Clearfield Cemetery in Clearfield.