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Mrs. Bonnie J. (Lair) Brown

August 4, 1923 ~ October 16, 2020 (age 97)


Mrs. Bonnie J. Brown, 97, of Galesburg passed away peacefully at 9:15 p.m. Friday, October 16, 2020 at home.

Bonnie was born August 4, 1923 in Green County, Missouri the daughter of William Marion and Fannie P. (Pulse) Lair. She married Fred T. Brown on November 28, 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri. He preceded her in death on November 11, 2006.

She is survived by her son, Timothy (and Jacqui) Brown of Galesburg; her daughter, Jeanette Potts of Galesburg; three grandchildren, five great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, her son, Ronald L. Brown, son-in-law, Gayle Potts and a granddaughter, Michelle Elder.

Bonnie first worked for Healey Real Estate in 1968.  She later was a real estate broker when she and her husband owned and operated Diversified Real Estate, Better Homes and Gardens in Galesburg.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was a very giving person that volunteered for many activities.  She was a member of the Galesburg Noon Women’s Lions Club.  She enjoyed sewing and crocheting.  Bonnie was a person who loved animals and working outdoors in her garden. 

Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Galesburg.  Rev. Mary Runge will officiate.  No public visitation is scheduled.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials may be made to the Gordon Behrent’s Senior Center, Galesburg.  Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Service Galesburg Chapel is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be made at  

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Graveside Service
October 21, 2020

2:00 PM
Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Galesburg


Gordon Behrents Senior Center
2015 Windish Drive, Galesburg IL 61401
Tel: 1-309-344-2520

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