Viola May Brown (August 9, 2017)

Viola Mae Brown photoFebruary 4, 1924 ~ August 9, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017
1:00 – 8:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
Family will greet friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

Saturday, August 12, 2017
11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Kirkman, IA

4 Daughters – Sandra (friend, Tyrone Scheffler) Brown of Harlan, IA
Linda Wade of Bellevue, NE
Janis (Bill) Holloway of Kirkman, IA
Joyce Blok of Charles Town, WV
1 Son – Gary Brown of Kirkman, IA
10 Grandchildren
21 Great-grandchildren
Other Friends & Relatives

Viola May Brown, daughter of Clark Henry and Gertie P. (Leslie) Best, was born on February 4, 1924, in Dow City, Iowa. She attended Dow City schools. On June 1, 1941, Viola married Merlyn Walter Brown in Denison, Iowa. The couple began farming in Shelby, Crawford, and Harrison counties.

In 1969, Viola and Merlyn purchased a farm west of Kirkman, Iowa; they lived there until their retirement in 2001. At that time, they moved to Harlan, Iowa. Following Merlyn’s death on November 18, 2010, Viola remained in her home until March 2017, when she became a resident of the Bethany Lutheran Home in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Viola was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Harlan, Iowa, where she had been active in the women’s circle when she was younger. She was a good farm wife and cook who always grew a big vegetable garden and did a lot of canning. Viola enjoyed crocheting, and had made many afghans for family members. She liked to read and play cards. Spending time with her family was especially treasured.

Viola M. Brown died on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at the Bethany Lutheran Home in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She had reached the age of 93 years, 6 months, and 5 days.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merlyn Walter Brown; one daughter, Cheryl Lavely; four sisters; and one brother. She is survived by four daughters, Sandra (friend, Tyrone Scheffler) Brown of Harlan, Iowa, Linda Wade of Bellevue, Nebraska, Janis (Bill) Holloway of Kirkman, Iowa, and Joyce Blok of Charles Town, West Virginia; one son, Gary Brown of Kirkman, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and other friends and relatives.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Mike Agnew officiating. Dianne Lawson served as the pianist, and Sharon Donlin was the soloist. Casket bearers were Ryan Brown, Mark Holloway, Joshua Riggins, Brandon DeGroot, Patrick Holloway, and Mackenzie Wade. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Kirkman, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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6 Responses to Viola May Brown (August 9, 2017)

  1. Heather Murray says:

    Miss you grandma, your were the best

  2. Matthew Crouse says:

    Thinking of you Aunt Jan and your family. God’s presence to you and your’s. .

  3. Karol Kay Clark says:

    Your Mother was my Mother’s very best friend. I remember many evenings when they would get together for a meal and conversation. They stayed close even after your parents moved away. We always appreciated that your Mother called to check on Mom. Your Mother was a GOOD person.

  4. Joyce cogdill says:

    Such a sweet lady with such attentive, loving family. Her smile could light up the day! Condolences to the family.

  5. Sending condolences from our family to yours!

  6. Barbara Sherer says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss Sandy and your family. It’s been many years since our school days but I remember our friendship and your hard working mom. Barbara Dickinson Sherer.

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