Lois Brown

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Lois Nadine Brown, 87, passed away Sunday, February, 28, 2010, peacefully at the home of her friend, Gail Cameron in Columbia.
Lois was born August 16, in Columbia, to James Thomas and Ruby Marshall Farthing , who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Orville and Oral, and a sister, Letha Belle. Lois married "Bill" Charles Vencil Brown on January 13, 1946 in Columbia. They were married for 59 years the year that Bill passed away. Lois and Bill had two children, James Bonham Brown, who passed away at age 30, and Thomas Lee Brown, who passed away at age 38. Lois is survived by a granddaughter, Sherri Lynn Coats and her husband Mike; two great-grandchildren, Hunter Cristine Ferguson and Tanner James Coats, all of Jefferson City; a nephew, Roy Lee Hoefer of Gladstone; nieces in-law, Shirley Hoefer of Smithton, Ill., and Sarah Lehman and her husband Earl of Roseville, California; several great nieces and nephews. Lois was a member of First Christian Church in Columbia. She belonged to several organizations. Lois served in many offices including Department President of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 202. Among her favorites was the Girl's State Program. She was an active member of the Elks Lodge 594. Lois was Woman of the Year for the ABWA. She was a life member of the Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Unit 2, of Kansas City where she was Department Commander in 1992-1993. She was a member and Past President of the Dance organization of "The Saturday Nighter's". Lois loved to dance and taught all types of dance in her own studio for over 30 years. She even tried to teach from her wheel chair, while residing at The Bluffs for the past three years. She was a concert violinist and loved music. Chapel services will be at 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 5, 2010 at Memorial Funeral Home. Gathering will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: American Legion Auxiliary Unit 202, c/o Pat Kirkpatrick, 700 N. Denninghoff, Columbia, MO 65203; First Christian Church, 101 N. 10th St., Columbia, MO 65201; or Elks Lodge, 4747 E. Elk Park Drive, Columbia, MO 65201. Thank you to Integrity Home Care for their wonderful care and support during this difficult time - Ambra, Loretta, Amy, Darla and Tammy.

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