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Claudette "Dette" M. Brown, 85, of Rockford, passed away on October 30, 2018. She was born on June 24, 1933 in Rockford, the daughter of Claude T. and Grace H. (Springer) Dickens. She married Verlyn J. Brown on September 29, 1951 in Kirksville, Missouri. He predeceased her on March 10, 2006. Claudette was a former member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Claudette loved her family deeply. She treasured simple moments like visits on the front porch with friends and conversations around the dinner table with family. She had a smile that welcomed everyone. She enjoyed listening to music, writing poetry, spending quiet time reading her devotional books and loving puppies! Claudette was kind, thoughtful, and had a quiet spirit, always putting the needs of others before herself. She loved being "Gram B".
Family members include son, Marty (Lori) Brown and son, Dan Brown, who predeceased her on May 10,2012; grandchildren, Maggie and Caleb Brown; siblings, Hazel (Chuck) Zander, Betty (Henry) James, Merle(Arlene) Lorenzen, step-brother, Edwin (Nancy) Lorenzen, William (Pauline) Lorenzen, Lois (John) Isaac, Dorothy (Warren) Franzen, Anna Lee (Don) Bruer, Mary (Mike) Osborne, Donny (Ruth) Lorenzen, twin brother, Claude (Elaine) Dickens; sister-in-law, Barbara (Jim) Zybczynski; special niece, Charla (Denny) Kalen; and other nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, 2018 in Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 2nd Ave. Rockford with Pastor Chuck Rife officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Northern Illinois Hospice, 4215 Newburg Rd, Rockford, IL 61108.

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