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Laura Effie (Buchanan) Brown

Laura Effie (Buchanan) Brown, 80, of Greenwood, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.

She was born June 29, 1932, in Richland County Ill., to the late Laura Buchanan Brock-Jones. She grew up in Casey, Ill., graduated from Casey High School in 1950 and graduated magna cum laude from Indiana Central College in 1954, with a bachelor’s degree in English. She married her college sweetheart, Keith Brown, on Dec. 19, 1953.

Effie taught at IPS School 33 for two years and Perry Township Junior High for one year before rearing four children. She earned her master’s degree from Butler University and returned to Perry Township in 1973 as a media specialist at Perry Meridian High School. In 1977, she transferred to Meridian Middle School as media director until her retirement in 1992.

Effie was a great helpmate to Keith and had a love for reading and sharing family history with her children and grandchildren.

She served on the Indiana Central College (now University of Indianapolis) Alumni Association Board of Directors, including one year as president; and at Rosedale Hills United Methodist Church as church librarian and communion steward for many years. She served on the the Volunteer Executive Committee at Greenwood Village South, her home for the past eight years.

Effie is survived by her husband, Keith; four children, Derek (Debbie) Brown of Galena, Kevin (Charlene) Brown and David Brown, both of Indianapolis, and Lisa (Albert) Andreas of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren, Laurann Rodriguez, Cara, Kelly and Kacey Brown, and Steven Andreas; a great-grandson, Diego Rodriguez; and a half brother, Terry Brock-Jones.

A service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 7602 Madison Ave., Indianapolis. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts have been suggested to Rosedale Hills United Methodist Church, Brown Scholarship Fund at UIndy or Greenwood Village South library fund.

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