Rhea Gem Brown


Rhea Gem Brown, age 99, of Lohrville, Iowa, passed away peacefully into the arms of our Lord on Thursday, January 30, 2020 in Kansas City, MO. She was born in Lake City, Iowa to Marion and Laura Blanchfield on October 28, 1920. Rhea was happily married to Harold Brown in 1938 and was married for 64 years before Harold’s passing. Throughout early marriage, they had opportunity to live in New York City and Tucson before settling down in Lohrville. Rhea was a wonderful homemaker and loved and was loved by all her family and friends deeply. She was a very special person who led with her faith as an example to anyone she came in contact with.   During her life Rhea was involved in many ministries including Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship, prison ministry, nursing home ministry, teaching Sunday School, and Share Group. Rhea was passionate about sharing the gospel and reaching out to people to help them find Jesus. At the nursing home where she last resided, she was known for praying for others and her singing and worshipping.

Rhea is survived by one daughter and husband, Treva and Jim Burk, and two sons and their wives, Ronald and Paulette Brown, and Kendall and Sharman Brown, two granddaughters and their husbands, Alisa and Chuck Baker and Lori and Darren Miller, three grandsons and their wives, Kurt Burk, Kent and Mary Brown, and Blake and Mona Brown, four great granddaughters and their husbands, Hannah and Chris Green, Genova and Bruce Dakan, Elizabeth and Nick Parrish, and Christine Brown, five great grandsons and wives, Joshua Baker, Benjamin Brown, Jonathan Brown, Cory and Erin Brown, Drew Brown, Clinton Miller, and Nick Miller, three great, great granddaughters, Ahava Dakan, Tallulah Dakan, and Alyssa Brown, and three great, great grandsons, Ian Brock, Braxton Brock, and Sir Parrish.

Our family believes that when someone passes, they pass from this life into the next life. We know that she is in heaven praising our Savior, Jesus Christ, a place of everlasting peace alongside Him. While we grieve her passing, with our grief comes the joy of knowing where she now resides!

A graveside ceremony was held at Evergreen Cemetery in Lohrville on Saturday, February 8 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, we are requesting that donations be made to Desperation Church’s missions fund in Rhea’s name. (Desperation Church, 940 Kent Street, Liberty, MO 64068)


2 thoughts on “Rhea Gem Brown

  1. Kent & Lou Ann Sandburg

    Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of Rhea. May your memories of your mother help you during this difficult time.

  2. Kelton Kinnick

    Dear Treva, Ronald, Kendall and the extended family family Brown,
    I’m so saddened to hear of Rhea’s death, but it also brings back a lot of lovely old memories from oh so many years ago. The house on the corner. And even good old Brownie the dog (not a best friend of my Boots!). Mom made it to 97, and dad to 99, and they had pretty good active lives up to nearly the end, and it certainly sounds as if Rhea did too – - so I can appreciate the gift you had of having Rhea with you so long, but also the great loss of not having her there now after all these years. I can only hope that the good acts and memories of her life work, will warmly and quickly replace the grief and sudden loss. Warm wishes, hugs and the best of thoughts from an old neighbor.

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