Minerva Brown an 89 year old resident of Rural Harrison County passed away at 9:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Sunnyview Nursing Home in Trenton, MO.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 11, 2012 at Whitaker Eads Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Cat Creek Cemetery. Open visitation will begin at noon Saturday. Memorial donations are suggested to the Green Hills Animal Shelter.
Minerva Alice Maxwell Brown was born October 10 1922, the 8th child of Thomas Witten Maxwell and Gilly Mae Higdon of the Cat Creek community. She attended Stephens and Metcalf grade schools, Brimson and Gilman City High Schools, Trenton Jr. College and Northeast State University of Kirksville, MO. On August 9, 1945 she married Lawrence Dale Brown and they had two sons Lawrence Gale Brown and a stillborn son Glen Dale Brown.
In addition to working on the family farm, Minerva taught school in Harrison and Grundy County. In 1961 she moved to Kansas City and taught for 21 years at Hickman Mills in South Kansas City. She retired to the farm in May 1982 after 31 years of teaching.
Minerva enjoyed family history and worked on the Brimson History book and operated a grocery store in Brimson after retiring. She also enjoyed keeping busy with other business ventures.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband on September 17, 1987, two sons, five brothers James, Eugene, Joseph Henry, LeLand and John Maxwell, and two sisters Evie Maxwell and Grace Brown.
Surviving relatives include nieces, nephews and cousins.