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Elaine Joyce Brown

December 10, 1938 — July 7, 2023


Elaine Joyce Brown, lovingly known by her family and friends, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2023, in Kearney, Nebraska. She was born on December 10, 1938, near Seward, NE, to Adolph and Elsie Schulz. Elaine's remarkable life will forever be cherished and remembered.

Elaine accomplished numerous milestones throughout her life. She embarked on a career as the proud owner and operator of an IGA grocery store and later dedicating her time to work in manufacturing, all while balancing her roles as a devoted mother of six children—a testament to her boundless love and unwavering commitment to her family.

Elaine attended country school and  high school in Gothenburg, NE.

Elaine will be remembered for her love of tending to her flower gardens, quilting in her large sewing room, romance novels and puzzles. She had a keen eye for colors and home decorating projects, usually constructed from treasures she’d pick up at an auction.  She had an infectious Christmas spirit and her Christmas village was always a hit with family and passers-by. Her favorite pastime was pulling one-armed bandits, when she and her beloved John would sneak away on day trips to the casino.

Elaine was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John W. Brown; her parents, Adolph and Elsie Schulz; brothers Norbert, Virgil, and Milton Schulz; grandson Creighton Hamburger and granddaughters Addison and Scarlett Stumpf. Although their absence is deeply felt, their memory will continue to live on within the hearts of their loved ones.

Left with cherished memories are Elaine's children: Anthony (Monica) Brown of Gothenburg, Nebraska; Maria (Bill) Hamburger of Hastings, Nebraska; Charlotte (Don) Stumpf of Gautier, Mississippi; Patty Jo (Kevin) Bice of Broomfield, Colorado; Paul (Tommie) Brown of Mondamin, Iowa; and Youl (Callie) Brown of Loveland, Colorado. Elaine's sisters, Vera Wolf and Myrna Bratten, also remain as pillars of strength for the family.

Elaine will be remembered and missed by her sixteen grandchildren and thirty-seven great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on July 14, 2023, at Gothenburg Cemetery in Gothenburg. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m., allowing family and friends to come together to honor and celebrate Elaine's remarkable life.

Elaine Joyce Brown's legacy reaches far beyond her time on earth. Her memory will be carried in the hearts of all who knew her as a caring wife, devoted mother, cherished friend, and beloved family member. She touched the lives of many with her warmth, generosity, and unwavering faith. May she rest in eternal peace knowing that her love continues to guide and inspire us all.

Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Service Schedule

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Graveside Service

Friday, July 14, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Gothenburg Cemetery

1752 27th St, Gothenburg, NE

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