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Geneva Garnet Brown, 94, Decatur, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Adams Woodcrest in Decatur.
She was born Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1920, in Switzerland County, the daughter of the late Thomas and Eleanor (Bromwell) Bennett.
She married David Earl Brown Oct. 15, 1937, in Switzerland County; he passed away June 27, 1984.
The young couple and their daughter moved to Decatur in 1942 to help with the effort in this area during World War II. They moved to Monmouth before the end of the war and Geneva continued to reside there until the time of her death.
Geneva was a member of the former Decatur Missionary Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for 35 years. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and working crossword puzzles. Geneva loved IU basketball and Cincinnati Reds baseball. She enjoyed watching “The Price is Right,” “Jeopardy” and “The Wheel of Fortune.”
Geneva was a graduate of Patriot High School in 1936 where she was the valedictorian. She retired July 1, 1985, from Decatur Industries with 21 years of service. She had also worked for many years at the Decatur Canning Factory during the tomato season.
Surviving are her daughter, Sondra L. (C. Allen) Lehman of Monroe; two sons, Donald W. (Kathy) Brown and Michael D. (Becky) Brown, both of Decatur; a sister, Rita Mae Deye of Cincinnati; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding Geneva in death were three sisters and four brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, with Pastor Kenneth Hogg officiating. Internment will follow in the Decatur Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 1-5 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service Sunday.
Preferred memorials are to Family LifeCare or Cornerstone Community Church.