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Vivian Coen Brown
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Birth: Jul. 3, 1916
Iowa County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jun. 1, 2009
Fort Dodge
Webster County
Iowa, USA

The Fort Dodge Messenger
Friday, June 5, 2009

Vivian Coen Brown, 92, of Iowa City died peacefully at her daughter's home in Fort Dodge Monday, June 1, 2009.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am, Friday, June 5, 2009 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with the Rev. Rudolph Juarez officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Bob Brown Scholarship Fund c/o Regina High School, St. Patrick's Building Fund, UI College of Nursing or the American Legion Auxiliary.

Vivian was born July 3, 1916 in Parnell, Iowa the daughter of William and Mary Mungovan Coen. On May 31, 1941 Vivian married Capt. Berton B. Brown in Alexandria, LA.

Vivian was a 1933 graduate of St. Patrick's High School and received her BS degree from the University of Iowa, College of Nursing in 1938. She had an exemplary career in nursing career at UIHC spanning 43 years. She started in Orthopedics as a surgical nurse for Drs. Steindler and Ponseti. Vivian also managed the UIHC ER, and was often the night nursing supervisor for the entire hospital. She completed her career in staff development and service education by orienting new staff to her beloved hospital, and kept doctors and nurses up to date on CPR and other procedures.

Vivian was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin and was friend too many. She will be greatly missed.

Vivian is survived by her daughter, Carole (Dr. Michael) Stitt of Fort Dodge, her son, James Coen (Connie) Brown of Lakewood, CO and her daughter-in-law, Darlene Brown of Iowa City; ten grandchildren, Amy (Neal) Kranz, Rob (Christy) Brown, Annemarie (Vic) Miller, Melissa( Nathaniel) Berg, Kimberly (Bill) Shimkat, Stephanie (Kyle) Cox, Alyssa (Garron) Williams, Kristen (Andy) Morrison, Andrew and Laura Brown; sixteen great grandchildren; her sister-in-law Ila Ernst; numerous nieces and nephews. Vivian had a special fondness for nieces, Kitty Coen Buckwalter and Jane Omann.

She was preceded in death by her husband Berton, son Robert and two infants, William and Mary; two brothers William and Robert; sisters and brother-in-law, Gertrude Coen, Zelpha Doster Omann Imhoff and Louis Ernst.

Online condolences may be directed to

(Is this the correct cemetery, or is it Saint Joseph's at Barnum?) 
Saint Josephs Cemetery
Webster County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Burt
Record added: Jun 07, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38023206


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