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Lila Brown Creston

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 9:38 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 10:20 a.m. CDT

Lila Brown, 84, of Creston died Nov. 19, 2013, at Greater Regional Hospice Home.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25. The Rev. Dianna Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Cromwell. Open visitation will be 2 to 7 p.m. today with family present 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Greater Regional Hospice Home. Online condolences may be left at www.powersfh.com.

Lila Lee Brown, daughter of Eva (Bray) and Elmer Nelson Hutchinson, was born Dec. 2, 1928, near Cromwell.

Lila graduated from Cromwell High School in 1947. She went on to study at Creston Junior College.

On May 29, 1949, Lila married Harlan Duane Brown in Prescott.

Lila was a homemaker.

They first lived near Diagonal for five years, and then near Cromwell, where they farmed.

Moving to Creston in 1960, they bought the Mayflower business and went on to own and operate Brown’s Mayflower Moving and Storage in Creston. They operated the business until 1973, when they sold it and went back to farming and cabinet making.

In 1992, they sold everything and traveled for 19 years, returning to Creston in 2010.

Lila was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and active with the Women’s Circle. Lila created and directed the Christmas programs for 12 years at La Hacienda Resort in Apache Junction, Ariz., where they wintered for 25 years.

Lila is survived by her husband Harlan Brown of Creston, son Mike (wife Ronda) Brown of Pella, grandson Brock (wife Pamela) Brown of Lawrence, Kan.; great-grandson Emmett Brown; and brothers, Bill Hutchinson of Chicago, Ill., and Elwin Hutchinson of Lockport, N.Y.

Lila was preceded in death by her parents, brother Dean Hutchinson; and sisters, Helen Brown, Edith Switzer, Bess Murphy and Mary Lund.

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