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Joan Brown

December 28, 1930 — August 18, 2019

Joan Delores Brown, age 88, of Chillicothe, passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Joan was born on December 28, 1930 in Pontiac, IL to Frank Harold and Fern Almeda Jane (Webber) Reed. She married James Milton Brown on November 19, 1950 in Pontiac, IL. He preceded her in death on September 12, 2006. Also preceding her in death are her parents; one son-in-law, Carl Reavley; one grandson, Bradley Lutrell.

Surviving are her daughters, Melanie (Randal) Reed, Stephanie Reavley and Valerie (Matthew) Reny all of Chillicothe, IL; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her sister, Janet Metz of Pontiac, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

Joan attended Reed Central Grade School and graduated from Pontiac Township High School. She played the French horn and trumpet in her high school band as well as playing the piano and the organ. Joan and Jim passed their love of music on to their children and grandchildren.
Before being a stay at home mom and raising her children, Joan was a legal secretary and was the secretary to the administrator at St. Mary's Hospital in Streator. She enjoyed sewing, calligraphy, baking, keeping up on current events and doing crossword puzzles. She was a member of Chillicothe First United Methodist Church, joining Christmas Eve 1966, where she served as an usher and greeter along with husband Jim for many years.

Services will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11:30am at Chillicothe First United Methodist Church. Visitation will also be on Saturday at the church beginning at 10am. Rev. Ray Harrison will be officiating. Burial will be at Chillicothe City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Chillicothe First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or Love In Action food pantry.


AUG 24. 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)

Chillicothe First United Methodist Church
1023 N Sixth Street
Chillicothe, IL 61523

Funeral Service

AUG 24. 11:30 AM (CDT)

Chillicothe First United Methodist Church
1023 N Sixth Street
Chillicothe, IL 61523

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