|Death: ||Oct. 12, 2010|
LeCLAIRE, Iowa — Rainsford A. Brown, Jr., 76, of LeClaire, Iowa, died of cancer on Monday, October 11, 2010, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House — Genesis VNA in Bettendorf. His loving wife of 56 years, Elizabeth "Ann" Brown, 74, died the following day at Trinity Bettendorf following a massive stroke. A Service to celebrate both of their lives will be held 11 a.m. Friday, October 15, 2010, at St. John's United Methodist Church, 14th & Brady, Davenport. Burial will be at Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the church. Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family prefers memorials to the Iowa United Methodist Foundation to fund a scholarship fund in their memory or to the Charitable Fund of the Ridgecrest Foundation.
Both Rainsford and Ann were born in Des Moines, Iowa. Rainsford Asa Brown, Jr. was born in 1934, the oldest of three children born to Rainsford A. Sr. and Ruth M. Brown. Born in 1936, Elizabeth Ann Enfield was one of four children of Richard B. and Elizabeth C. Enfield. On June 26, 1954, they began their married life together in Des Moines. They were blessed to have recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.
During the Korean Conflict, Rainsford served his country in the U.S. Army from 1957 until receiving his honorable discharge in 1959. He then joined his father in the family business, Meadows Transfer Co. in Des Moines. He later established Twin Bridges Truck City in Davenport and later acquired Standard Forwarding Company. He also was a partner in River Cities Industrial Group.
Ann enjoyed raising the couple's three children and was always active in church and community circles. She also appreciated the opportunity to minister to others in their illness while volunteering as a Befriender at Genesis Medical Center for over 20 years. Among her many memberships, she was a member of PEO Chapter KU and the Tri-City Garden Club.
Rooted deeply in their faith, the Brown's were longtime members of St. John's United Methodist Church in Davenport where they had both served in numerous educational and leadership capacities for many years. Among numerous other things, Rainsford was involved in the Lay Witness Mission, Youth For Christ, taught the Questers Sunday School class for over 20 years, and had been the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Ridgecrest Village in Davenport.
Grateful for their lives and their Godly example are their daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth Ann (John) Ward, Bettendorf, and Elizabeth Susan (Douglas) Jarvis, LeClaire; a son, Rainsford A. "Rainey" Brown III, Bettendorf; grandchildren, Jacob Ward, Graham Ward, Nicholas Ward, Kendall Jarvis, Joshua Jarvis and his fiancée, Elayne Speiss, Timothy Jarvis, and Jennifer Jarvis; Rainsford's sister, Ruth P. (Leverett) Anderson, Fairlawn, Ohio, and his brother, Thomas D. (Michele) Brown, Clive, Iowa; Ann's sisters, Mary J. (Donald G.) Stark of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Donna M. (Charles) Hawbaker, of Bella Vista, Ark., and her brother, Charles H. (Hazel) Enfield, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; numerous nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.
Online condolences may be expressed to the Brown family by visiting the Brown's obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.
They will always be together in our hearts.
October 13, 2010 Quad City Times
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