Elizabeth “Beth” Brown, age 61, of State Center, passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 27th , at the Israel Hospice Home in Ames with her sisters at her side. Memorial services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 31st , at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in State Center with Pastor Melissa Waterman officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until service time. She will be laid to rest in the Hillside Cemetery at State Center. The Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Beth and her family. Ph. 641-844-1234.
Born on March 23rd , 1962, in Marshalltown, she was the eldest daughter born to Bennie and Irma (Tjelmeland) Henze. She graduated from the West Marshall High School in 1980 and Kirkwood Community College in 1982. Beth was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church and enjoyed her card club. Beth, or “Aunt Beth” to so many, devoted her working career to the trucking and agricultural industry. For the past 21 years, she was employed with TMC Transportation as a license and permit coordinator. Here is where she met and fell in love with her husband, Tommy Brown. The two were united in marriage on November 30th , 2002, at St. Paul Lutheran. Aunt Beth was head-over-heels with her nieces and nephews and many others that touched her life. She enjoyed NASCAR and truck pulls, watching University of Alabama (“Roll-Tide”), crocheting, going to the casino, traveling, gathering family and friends for dinners, as well as campfires and golf cart rides. She was crowned the Queen of Christmas in July at Twin Anchors Campground (her summer home) this past summer.
Left to cherish her memory are her sisters- Mari (Barry) Haley and Trish (Richard) Taft all of State Center, and her “Minnesota” sister Rhonda (Jim) Allen, nieces and nephews – Allison (TJ) Coughenour, Kaylee and Waylin of Maxwell, Jessica (Jed) Wright, Haley and Hudson of Eagle River, AK, Nick (Kate) Haley of State Center, Maggie (Zach) Puls and Lillian of Jewell, Jackie (Justyn) Carter and Ava of Dows, Sarah Allen of Tiffin, and Missy Allen of Marshalltown, many cousins and friends, as well as her family at TMC.
In death, she rejoined her beloved husband, Tommy, her parents and dog, Max.