site image


Eleanor Lavonne (Uthe) Brown

November 20, 1926 ~ October 23, 2018 (age 91)
Obituary Image

Eleanor Lavonne Brown, 91, of Brookings, South Dakota formerly of Carthage, South Dakota passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at The Neighborhoods Brookview Nursing Home, Brookings. Funeral services will be 2pm, Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carthage with burial to follow in Pleasantview Cemetery, Carthage. Visitation with family present will be one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Eleanor Lavonne Uthe was born November 20, 1926 at Madison, South Dakota to Elmer and Caroline (Sommers) Uthe. Eleanor was raised south of Madison where she attended and graduated from Franklin High School in 1944. Eleanor then worked for a law firm as a secretary in Madison. She was united in marriage to Max Brown on January of 1947, in Madison. The couple then moved to Presho, South Dakota where they farmed until moving to Carthage to a farm in 1962. Eleanor and Max then adopted three children, Kathy, Kristi, and Scott. Those children, later grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchild meant everything to her. While raising her children she worked at Raven’s Industry at in Howard from 1973 to 1985, when the plant in Howard closed. Eleanor then worked several years as an independent cook for the Carthage Elementary School and loved every minute of it. The students and staff were a special part of her life and when her husband passed away on October 9, 1996, that job and those students helped keep her strong and going in life. Eleanor was very active in her community, her church United Church Christ, as a librarian at the public library and the American Legion Auxiliary Carthage. Eleanor’s health started to worsen and moved to Brookings in 2012 to be nearer to her daughters. In 2016, she became a resident of The Neighborhoods at Brookview in Brookings. Eleanor loved the staff, her own room and space and all the activities. Those grateful for having shared in her life include family Kathy (Bob) Huska of Brookings, SD; Kristi (Jim) Kramer of Brookings, SD; Scott Brown of Isanti, MN; her ten grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren and a great-great grandchild; her two bothers Jim (Mary) Uthe of Castlewood, SD; Ron (Kitty) Uthe of Madison, SD; other relatives and friends. Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Max (1996),  her brother and sisters Rosie Haak, Alvie Uthe, Robert Uthe, Darlene Hackarott and Donna Hupp.

© 2019 Willoughby Funeral Home and Cremation Options. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS