April 20 2011
(Mercer MO weekly newspaper)
Leona Grace Brown, daughter of Thomas Whitten and Gilly Mae (Higdon) Maxwell, was born September 21 1916 at the family farm in Brimson, Missouri, and died at the age of 94 years, Thursday, April 14 2011 at Sunnyview Nursing Home in Trenton, Missouri.
Grace worked at Mattingly's Variety Store in downtown Trenton, and then Eastgate Shopping Center, when the store became Matco. She retired from the store May 4 1979, after 26 years. Grace enjoyed bowling at the Trenton Bowl and quilting. She was a member of the Cat Creek Baptist Church.
Grace was married on July 22 1939, to Vermal Brown of the Blue Ridge community. Vermal died October 10 1997. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Sharon Kay Crawford; a sister, Evie Maxwell; five brothers, James, Leland, John, Eugene and Joseph Maxwell; and by two nephews, Jasper Maxwell and Lawrence Gale Brown. She is survived by her daughters, Charlene Ann Smith (and son-in-law, Jim, of Kansas City, Missouri,) and Janet Mae Axsom (and son-n-law Bernard) of Spickard, Missouri; a siter, Minerva Brown of Brimson, Missouri; by a niece Marsha Williams; a nephew, Clyde Maxwell; by 11 grandchildren, including local grandchildren, Debra Dailey and John Axsom; and 20 great grandchildren; including Koren Wills, Karl Joseph and Katie Scarlett Dailey, Maxwell and Logan Butler, Rachelle, Sara, David Seth & Brent Crabb, who are local.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 19 2011 at Resthaven Mortuary of Trenton, under the direction of Whitaker-Eads Funeral Homes. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, north of Trenton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Wright Memorial Hospice. Online condolences may be left at whitakereads.com.