Thelma Brown

Thelma Mae Brown of Rolla, Mo., passed away March 23, 2011, at the age of 82. She was born Nov. 13, 1928, in Solo, Mo., to Roy and Anna (Medlock) Parmenter.

On June 22, 1949, she married Dwaine Brown in Houston, Mo.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Norman and Roy Van West. She will be greatly missed by her surviving family, which includes three sons, Senator Dan Brown and wife, Kathy, of Rolla, Mo., Don Brown and wife, Mary, of Fayette, Mo., Frank Brown and wife, Sue, of Rolla, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Danette Sherrell and husband, Brad, of Rolla, Mo., Justin Brown and wife, Laura, of Rolla, Mo., Krista Yount and husband, Eric, of Columbia, Mo., Kelli Brown of Fayette, Mo., Trisha Goodridge and husband, Josh, of Rolla, Mo., Dr. Taylor Brown, United States Navy, of San Diego, Calif., and Turner Brown of Rolla, Mo.; eight great-grandchildren, Tristin Brown, Eleanor Goodridge, Brody Brown, River Goodridge, Maya Sherrell, Rio Sherrell, Kennedy Brown and Keiran Goodridge, all of Rolla, Mo.; one brother, Lonnie Parmenter and wife, Jane, of Forsythe, Mo.; one sister, Twyla Mercer of Cabool, Mo.; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Thelma was saved and joined the New Hope Baptist Church, Solo, Mo., at an early age.

She enjoyed sewing, canning vegetables from their garden, quilting and reading. Thelma was a proud mother, but her greatest joy was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved them unconditionally and loved spending time with them and baking cookies with them.

Services were 11 a.m. Saturday March 26, 2011, at Evans Funeral Home with Pastors Darren Myers and Tim Cook officiating. Pallbearers were Justin Brown, Turner Brown, Brad Sherrell, Joshua Goodridge, Eric Yount and Jimmy Parmenter. Honorary Pallbearers were Tristin Brown, Brody Brown and River Goodridge. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to

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