Marlene J. Brown

Marlene J. Brown, age 70 of Rapid City, formerly of Wall, died March 3, 2009, at her home in Rapid City, surrounded by her family and friends.

Marlene J. VanVleck was born July 13, 1938, in Wall, SD, the daughter of Gilbert "Skinny" and Pearl B. (Harden) VanVleck. She grew up and received her education in Wall, graduating from Wall High School in 1956.

Marlene was united in marriage to Jack Brown on September 23, 1957 in Wall. To this union were born five children, Valerie, Melanie, Stacy, Lori and Jason. After their marriage, they lived in Rapid City while Jack was in the Air Force, stationed at Ellsworth. After Jack's honorable discharge from the Air Force, they moved to Pennsylvania. In 1960, they returned to Wall where Marlene worked at the Wall Drug Store and later was the librarian at the Wall Community Library for several years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and served on numerous committees in many capacities. Marlene was also Brownie Scout Leader, and a member of the Jayceettes.

In April 2001, Marlene and Jack moved to Dakota Dunes, where they lived until moving to Rapid City in August 2008, where she has since resided.

Marlene was known as a "Domestic Goddess," being proper and always put together. She enjoyed having lunch and book club with friends, reading books, bird watching, doll making, crocheting, and flower gardening. Her greatest joy was her kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Marlene fought cancer courageously and was an inspiration to her family.

Grateful for having shared her life include her husband, Jack Brown of Rapid City; one son, Jason Brown and his wife, Kari, of Shawnee, KS; three daughters, Melanie Shull and her husband, Wayne, of Wall, Stacy White and her husband, Wayne, of Rapid City, and Lori (Brown) Strobel of Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren, Ty White and his fiancée, Tanya Miller, of Rapid City, Katie White-Sumner and her husband, Adam, of St. Paul, MN, Alexa White of Rapid City, Miranda Kitterman and her husband, Bruce, of Rapid City, Zach Shull and his wife, Lane, of Rapid City, Seth Shull of San Diego, Jennifer Emery of Wall, and Ayden and Makenah Brown of Shawnee, KS; four great-grandchildren, Jackson, Maleah, and Rowan Kitterman, and Kamryn Shull; one brother, Eugene VanVleck and his wife, Donna, of Piedmont; a son-in-law, Tim Emery of Quanah, TX; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert and Pearl (Harden) VanVleck; a daughter, Valerie Emery on September 3, 2007; and a brother, Richard VanVleck.

Funeral services were held at Saturday, March 7, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Sheri Fadley and Pastor Kenneth Park officiating.

Music was provided by Carol Hahn, pianist, and Lane Shull, vocalist. Ushers were Dave Hahn and Paul Goldhammer. Pallbearers were Dave Custis, Joe Crawford, Roch Ochs, Bruce Kitterman, Adam Sumner, Ty White, Zach Shull and Seth Shull.

Private family interment will take place at a later date at the Wall Cemetery.

A memorial is established.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall. Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com