Mary L. Brown, 85

GILLESPIE (May 30, 2018) – Mary Lou Brown, 85, of Gillespie passed away at 10:10 a.m., Sunday, May 27, 2018, at her residence.

She was born Dec. 30, 1932, in Alton to John Samuel and Edith Maybelle (Schriber) Down. She married Robert Brown on Aug. 1, 1953, in Brighton; he survives.

Mrs. Brown was a homemaker.

In addition to her husband, surviving are her children, Nancy (Daniel) Berry of Alton, Lois (Richard) Boger of Texarkana, Ark., and Susan (Sonny) Schardan of Gillespie; grandchildren, Eric Boger, Jason Rivera and Kaylan Schardan; step-grandchildren, Jason Schardan and Jeremy Schardan; great-grandchildren, Alexis Schardan, Jack Schardan and Kristin Sperry; and brother, Robert Down of Jerseyville.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty Holly.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. until services at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie.

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

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