Marilyn Lee (Sawyer) Brown

April 27, 1935 ~ August 18, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old


Marilyn Lee Brown, 88, of Staunton, Illinois, passed away at 8:00 AM on Friday, August 18, 2023 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Illinois.  She was born April 27, 1935 in West Prairie, illinois, the daughter of the late Benjamin Harrison & Laura Elizabeth (Swank) Sawyer.  She married Donald Douglas Brown on November 24, 1951 at the Christian Church in Gillespie, Illinois & he survives.

Lee was employed as a Nurses Aide/Respiratory Therapy Aide at Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton, Illinois for many years.  She later worked as an Agent for Cisler Real Estate in Staunton, Illinois until her retirement.  She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton & the Staunton VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Besides her husband Don, she is survived by three children -  Donna Henke,  Richard (Karen) Brown,  & Terri (Gregg) Ashley;  eight grandchildren -  Timothy (Kathy) Henke,  Keith (Misty) Henke,  Kurt (Taunya) Henke,  Sarah (Kevin) Dal Pozzo,  Kristi (Eric) Stice,  Kayla (Dan) Brown,  Jessica (Phil) Ashley,  Emily (Kyle) Pate;  seventeen great grandchildren -  Jeremy (Olivia) DeVries,  Brianna, Brian, Aurianna, & Brandon Henke,  Daryn Henke,  Hailee Henke,  Linlee & Logan Dal Pozzo,  Noah & Eli Stice,  Brodie Knoche,  Collin & Gavin Kayich,  Walter, William, & Oscar Ashley;  three step great grandchildren -  Christopher, Andrew, & Andrea Pirok;  four great great grandchildren -  Addison, Jayleigh, & Bennet Henke,  & little Louie DeVries due any day now; and a sister -  Maudie Partridge.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings -  Edna Geraci,  Ralph Sawyer,  Lois Oehler,  Hazel Bruhn,  Mary (Toni) Gobble,  Bertha Pintar,  Dorothy Mansholt,  Delores Adler,  & Opal Brown;  & a son-in-law -  Wayne Henke.

Friends may call from 9 to 11 AM on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at Zion Lutheran Church in Staunton.  Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 11 AM with Rev. Phil Girardin officiating.  Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton.

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September 9, 2023

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
311 S. Elm St.
Staunton, IL 62088

Funeral Service
September 9, 2023

11:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
311 S. Elm St.
Staunton, IL 62088


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