Evelyn M. Brown, 87, passed away Wednesday, January 31

Evelyn M. Brown, 87, formerly of St. Joseph, MI passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at her daughter’s residence in South Bend, IN.

Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, February 5, 2018 at Niles Avenue Baptist Church, 1301 Niles Ave. St. Joseph with Pastor Michael Willis officiating. Evelyn will be laid to rest at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 AM until the time of service Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice. Those wishing to sign Evelyn’s guestbook or leave a message of condolence for the family may do so online at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Evelyn was born on March 9, 1930 in Palisade, MN to Earle & Myrtle (Ward) Nelson. She received her diploma from South Haven High School. On September 4, 1946 she wed Austin Brown in Manistique, MI. Evelyn worked as a factory worker for Zenith/Heath for 12 years before retiring. She was a former member of Oakridge Baptist Church and attended Niles Avenue Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, playing table games and taking long car rides. Most of all she loved spending quality time with her family, whom she was very close with. Evelyn will be remembered for her kind heart, willingness to help others and reaching out to people.

She is survived by her children, Austin (Carole) Brown Jr. of Deltona, FL, Donna (Bob Piersing) Strebs of Coloma, Robert (Jan) Brown of Benton Harbor, Carol (Bob) Burchett of Warsaw, IN and Marsha (Jim) Dollar of South Bend, IN; eleven grandchildren; twenty one great-grandchildren; brother Ray Nelson of Manistique, MI and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and loving husband Austin on January 22, 2003.

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