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Monday, March 5, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Hamilton's on Westown Parkway
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa


Tuesday, March 6, 2018
11:00 am
Windsor Heights Lutheran Church
1240 66th Street
Windsor Heights, Iowa


Iowa Veterans Cemetery
Van Meter, Iowa


Hamilton's on Westown Parkway
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
(515) 224-0078

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Marilyn Louise Brown Marilyn Louise Brown, 89, passed away March 3, 2018 at Taylor House. Visitation will be held Monday, March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines, and the funeral service on Tuesday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, 1240 66th St in Windsor Heights, IA with burial at Iowa Veterans Cemetery.

Marilyn was born September 24, 1928 to Daniel and Edna (Paetow) Wurm in Gross Pointe Park, MI. She graduated from Capital University in Columbus, OH with her Bachelor’s in Public School Music Education in 1950. Marilyn taught for three years until her college sweetheart, Edward Brown graduated from seminary. The couple married on August 29, 1952 and served together in New Lebanon, OH and Peace Lutheran Church in Southfield, MI. Marilyn taught catechetical classes, and was the director of the choir and bell choir. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, and quilting. Upon their retirement, Marilyn and Ed visited multiple foreign countries and retired in Des Moines.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Brown; daughter, Candace (Marvin) McNabb; son, Tim (Lori) Brown; grandchildren, Rachel (Benjamin) Cerra, Rebecca (Christopher Sembower) Schumacher, Corey McNabb, Christine and Erica Brown; and great-grandchildren, Luke and Leah Cerra with Margaret Louise on the way.

Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH, Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA or Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, IA. Condolence expressions at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.