Betty Brown

Betty BrownBetty L. Brown, 94, of Peoria, formerly of Chillicothe, died at 7:34 p.m. May 27, 2017, at Apostolic Christian Skyline Nursing Center in Peoria.

She was born March 26, 1923, in Astoria, a daughter of Harve S. and Edna Mary Gruber Ruth. She married Phillip B. Brown on March 17, 1946, in Astoria. He preceded her in death on Oct. 18, 1989.

She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Wanda L. Fouts and Iona Maxine Smith.

Surviving are two sons, Gregory Allen (and Beth) Brown of Dunlap and David Phillip (and Kathy) Brown of St. Louis, Mo.; one stepsister, Betty Lee Rhoades of DeKalb; and five grandchildren.

She was a 1942 graduate of DeKalb High School. She worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company for nine years. She then worked as school secretary at Rome Grade School in Rome, Ill., for 16 years.

She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peoria.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Pastor Ted Benson officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Astoria Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Skyline Nursing Center, 7023 N.E. Skyline Dr., Peoria, IL 61614.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/31/2017


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