Obituary for Elizabeth Brown, 88

January 03,1926 To December 23,2014,


Funeral Services
Memorial Service 1 PM, Saturday, January 10, 2015 @ Linn Memorial United Methodist Church


In lieu of flowers, donations to to Linn Memorial United Methodist Church in care of funeral home.

Born in Sikeston, Mo. in 1926. Graduate of William Woods College and University of Missouri. She was married to William Bastin (Bill) Brown in 1948, who predeceased her in 1987. She is survived by her loving family. Beth Wood and her husband, George, of Santa Barbara, CA, Pete Brown and his wife, Penny, of Fayette, Anne Danner and her husband, John, of Tampa, FL, and her five grandchildren, Kirk Danner and his wife, Linley, Kate Danner, Nicole Danner and her husband, Jeff Jaworkski, Cliff Brown, and Rachel Brown. Liz cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren on her family farm. After Bill’s death, Liz took over the management of the Brown family farm which has been in the Brown family for over 100 years. She quickly became actively involved in agricultural issues. In 1987, she was elected to be the first woman to serve on the Howard County Soil and Water Conservation District and served there until 2012. In 1994, she was appointed by Gov. Mel Carnahan to serve on the statewide board of the Missouri Soil and Water Commission. She became the chairperson the following year and served in that capacity for the next 11 years. Liz spoke throughout the state advocating for wise soil and water conservation practices. As part of Liz’s interests in agricultural issues, she was very active in “Women in Ag”. She also served as a member of the Missouri Dept. of Agriculture Advisory Board. In 1996, Liz received the “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” for the state of Missouri by the Missouri Ruralist. In 2005, Liz received a lifetime achievement award from the University Of Missouri School Of Agriculture. Liz cared deeply about her community. She served as a member of and vice chair of the Howard County Economic Development Committee. She actively supported her political interests by serving as chair of the Howard County Democratic Committee for over 25 years as well as vice president of the Women’s Democratic Club. Liz loved and supported her church, Linn Memorial United Methodist, as chair of the alter guild for over 50 years, sang in the choir, and taught Sunday school. As an avid bridge and tennis lover, she spent time with her friends that she treasured and loved so much. The loss of Liz Brown will leave a hole in the hearts of her family, her friends, and her community. Her memorial service will be held at Linn Memorial United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 10, at 1:00pm. Reception will follow at the church Parrish House. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Linn Memorial United Methodist Church, c/o Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service, 174 Highway 5 and 240 N., Fayette, MO 65248.