10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Central Lutheran Church, Chippewa Falls
11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Central Lutheran Church, Chippewa Falls
Mary Kay Brown, age 70, of Chippewa Falls, WI died Wednesday, March 23, with her family by her side and under the care of St. Joseph's Home Health & Hospice.
She was born October 30, 1945, in Elgin, IL to Mary J. (Head) and Ronald C. Van Natta.She graduated from Elgin High School in 1963 and attended Elgin Community College.
Mary was blessed with her first daughter, Peggy, in 1967. While working at General Finance in Illinois, she met the love of her life and on June 22, 1973, married Dennis Brown. Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to Minnesota.In 1974, Mary and Denny were blessed with their second daughter, Susie. In 1982, they moved to Chippewa Falls where Mary spent the rest of her years. She worked for OK Hardware, Jasper Drug, and finally as the office manager for Chippewa Falls Main Street, retiring in January 2009 due to her illness.
Mary was an active and dedicated member of the Chippewa Falls community.She was involved in The Past Passed Here, several 1700s-era reenactments, was a 50-year member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, currently with the WI Laureate Alpha Beta chapter and the wife of a Chippewa Falls Optimist Club member.She enjoyed collecting Fenton White Hobnail glassware, sewing and making crafts of all kinds.In their younger years, she and Denny enjoyed fishing, square dancing and bowling.
She is survived by her husband, Dennis of Chippewa Falls; daughters, Peggy (Jon) Mattison of Chippewa Falls and Susie Brown of Ferndale, MI; sister, Pat Sanders of Poplar Grove, IL; granddaughters, Marina Kay and Jana Echo Mattison; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her parents-in-law, John and Christina Brown; and a brother-in-law, Norman Sanders.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Central Lutheran Church, Chippewa Falls with a visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Rev. Aaron Sturgis will be officiating. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Chippewa County Historical Society, an organization that was near and dear to Mary's heart.