Verna M. (Gayken) Brown

Verna Marie Brown, 86, of Britt, passed away Monday, August 6, 2007 at Concord Care Center in Garner.

Verna, the daughter of Frank William and Anna Marie (Ruscher) Gayken, was born October 16, 1920 in Britt.  She attended school in Britt.  At a young age she began caring for her mother until her mother’s death.

In 1944, Verna married Newell Brown at the Woden United Methodist Church.  The couple made their home in the Britt area and Verna enjoyed rural living.  In 1961 they moved into Britt.  Verna was employed at the milk plant in Britt and then at Winnebago Industries in Forest City for 14 years.

Verna was a member of the United Methodist Church in Britt.  She made and donated many stocking caps, mittens, ornaments and anything else that the church needed crocheted.

Verna was the strength of her family and loved spending time with them.  She enjoyed crocheting, needlepoint and quilting and gave many of the items as gifts.  Verna also enjoyed doing word search, playing cribbage, fishing and putting puzzles together.

Verna is survived by five sons: Don (Kathy) of Mason City, Shirley (Linda) of Garner, Al (Barb) of Britt, Vennis of Hortonville, New York, Ralph (Audrey) of Clear Lake; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; brother Bud (Bev) Gayken of Britt, sister Viola “Blondie” (Christie) Peterson of Goodell; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Newell; son Bill; grandson Victor; sister Blanche Gill and brother Lester Gayken.



Date: Friday, August 10, 2007
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: United Methodist Church – Britt
707 4th Street South West, Britt, Iowa 50423
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