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Patricia Joan Brown

Celebration of Life Services for Patricia Joan Brown, 82, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2019 at West Vue Nursing Center, West Plains.


Mrs. Brown died 11:27 p.m., Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Missouri.  She was born July 2, 1937 at Waupaca, Wisconsin to Fredrick A. Gruelke and Alida M. Pope Gruelke.  On February 7, 1956, she was married at Fairfield, Minnesota to Merle Oscar Brown who preceded her in death on May 30, 2012.  Mrs. Brown attended beauty school and she was employed as the activity assistant at West Vue Nursing Center.  She loved her residents at West Vue Nursing Center and loved her family.  Mrs. Brown was of the Pentecostal faith.


She is survived by three children, Tara Brown, special friend, Mike Francis, Tracy Beam and Troy Brown, wife, Mary, all of West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Sabra Knepper, James Young, Mindy Howell, husband, Joe, Justin Anderson, Nathan Brown, wife,  Brandee, Zach Brown, wife, Lindsay, and Paul Brown; fifteen great-grandchildren, Bragan, Kieran, Dylan, Morgan, Jacob, Kaitlynn, Hunter, Kylie, Lily, Makayla, Kaiden, Casey, Aubree, Sadie and Alex; one brother, Vern Gruelke, Hampton, Iowa; one sister, Denver Algoe, Pilot Mound, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.


Her parents, one son-in-law, J. R. Beam and four sisters, Dorothy, Sharon, Dixie and Marjorie, preceded her in death.


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