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Eileen Brown Creston

Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 12:27 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 2, 2014 12:36 p.m. CDT

Florence “Eileen” Brown, 84, of Creston, formerly of the Fontanelle area, died April 29, 2014, at Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston. 

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Fontanelle United Methodist Church. The Rev. Laurel Westerkamp will officiate. Burial will be in Fontanelle Cemetery. Visitation with family present will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Steen Funeral Home, 525 Maple St., Fontanelle. Online condolences may be left at www.steenfunerals.com. Memorials may be given to the Eileen Brown memorial fund to be established by the family at a later date.

Florence “Eileen” Brown, daughter of Mildred A. (Ranson) and Leslie W. Harlan, was born Feb. 26, 1930, in Fairfield.

Eileen’s family lived in various towns in southeast Iowa, then moved to Corning and Fontanelle, where Eileen graduated from Fontanelle High School in 1948.

After high school, she moved to Omaha, Neb., to work for about a year, and then to Winterset, where she worked as a telephone operator.

After moving back to the Fontanelle area, on Jan. 15, 1951, Eileen married Donald “Dean” Brown. The family lived on a farm until July 1983, when Eileen and Dean moved to Creston.

Prior to moving to Creston, Eileen and Dean farmed and operated a farm equipment and repair business in Bridgewater, Brown Service and Supply, for several years.  Eileen volunteered at the Creston Hospital and worked at Casey’s General Store in Creston.

Eileen was a member of Fontanelle United Methodist Church, and was involved in the Fontanelle Chapter of the Eastern Stars.

Eileen is survived by her children, Curtis (Kim) of Johnston, Patricia (Carol) of Waukee, and Brian of Des Moines; great-granddaughter Hannah Bradley of Waco, Texas; brother Mel Harlan of Gering, Neb.; sister, Joyce Staggs of Doniphan, Mo.; other relatives and friends.

Eileen was preceded in death by her husband, parents; sisters-in-law, Janie Harlan, Mary Lou Mensing, Barb Brown and Janet Stapleton; and brothers-in-law, Jay Staggs and Harry Stapleton.

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