My deepest condolences to the entire Brown clan. Heaven has gained another angel.
To the Brown Family,
Dea was a wonderful woman! She was an asset to any group. We worked together in the Iowa-Alabama Snowbird Club on the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Dea provided amazing support with her willing spirit of helpfulness and her happy smile. She is missed by all who knew her. Blessings to Don and family.
Lovingly, Jim and Pat Collins
Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to meet Claudine but did have the opportunity to be coached by Don Brown for baseball and basketball at City High (Class of 73). I always liked and respected Coach Brown and send him and his family my thoughts and prayers. Kirk Stubbee
Dear Brown Family:
I'm so sorry for your loss. I ushered every Sunday at the 10:30 Methodist Church Service, and Dea and Don would pass through my area of passing out bulletins. They were always so very friendly and kind, and were an outstanding couple.
Dea was always smiling whenever I saw her. She was such a beautiful person, inside and out. I hope your wonderful memories of your life together will give you comfort, now. Blessings to the grandchildren, as she was probably the greatest grandmother.
Dear Brown Family,
So very sorry for your great loss. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.
May you hold close all the special memories. Take care.
Celeste and Dave Vincent
Dear Mr. Brown, Mark and Brent - We were lucky to have Miss Falconer as our typing teacher at Durant High School in the sixties. She was a fun, dedicated, excellent teacher. When the handsome new basketball coach (Don Brown) came to our school, we girls wanted to be their matchmakers! Fortunately it was meant to be and they didn’t need us at all! We hope your happy memories of Dea will comfort you at this time of sadness.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Brown family.
I have such fond memories of basketball toad trips with Dea, when we kept stats for the team. She was always so much fun to be with. Always smiling (well, unless there was a REALLY bad call!) and always sweet to everyone! Much love to Don, Mark and Brent, and your families!
Sue and I were obviously saddened by the passing of Mrs. Brown. Sue and I were both blessed to have both, Coach Brown and Mrs. Brown, as teachers at Durant High School in the early 60s. Fortunately we have kept in touch through the years and we so enjoyed visiting with them whenever that happened. We wish we could be there, Don, please know what an impact you both had on our lives. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, Coach! Hopefully we can be there at the Celebration of Life.
Dea always had a bright welcome for everyone. My sincere condolences to Don and their family.
I would like to extend my condolences to Don and his family for Claudine's passing. I ushered at the First United Methodist Church in the same location every Sunday, and Don and Claudine passed through my area. We always had friendly exchanges preceding the worship service.
Miss Falconer and Mr. Brown were teachers at Durant High School when we first met them. That is also where they met. I attended their marriage while a student at Durant. They are two of our favorite teachers and people. So sorry for Coach Brown and the Brown family. We have lots of good memories.
Harland and Connie Garvin
My sincere condolences.
My Mom, Lois Gauntt, was so very fond of Claudine and was always delighted at the thought of getting together. I am very grateful to Claudine and Don for their encouragement and support. Much love!
All is Well
by Henry Scott-Holland
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I, and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me and if you want to, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was,
Let it be spoken without effect,
Without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was;
There is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you,
For an interval,
Somewhere very near,
Just around the corner.
All is well.
I am so sorry to read of Dea’s passing. She was such a kind and caring lady. I send my condolences to her dear family.
Claudine was THE most beautiful person inside and out! I was a younger adoring cousin in Ryan Iowa.
Life went on but I had the blessed fortune of reaquainting as an adult whenever she visited her Aunt, Marge Cloud in Indianola, IA,, my new "hometown"...it was such a gift whenever that happened! My thoughts and prayers for her dear family. Jan Mangold Slick
Our sincere condolences to Don and the entire Brown family. Dea was always gracious and affected so many people in a positive manner.
Rest in peace, Dea.
Marty Lantz Family