CHILLICOTHE - Rita A. Brown, age 86, of Chillicothe, passed away at 8:24 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at Heritage Manor Health Care in Chillicothe.
She was born Nov. 1, 1925, in Henry to John A. and Agnes J. (Ryan) Elliott. She married Chester L. Brown on Feb. 2, 1946, in Chillicothe. He passed away July 30, 2002, in Peoria.
She was also preceded in death by one sister, Mary Benhart, and one brother, Lyle Elliott.
Survivors include one son, Jim (Lynne) Brown of Champaign; one daughter, Cheryl (Skip) Stenstrom of Chillicothe; one niece, Sharon (Bob) Wiese of Alabama; one great-niece, Kristin Wiese of Alabama; two grandchildren, Catie (Mike) Helms of North Carolina and JB Brown of Champaign; and one great-grandson, Will Helms of North Carolina.
Rita worked for Carson Pirie Scott during the 1980s, then during the 1990s she worked for Hucks on Allen Road in Peoria.
Rita enjoyed playing Bunco with her friends and was a member of the Chillicothe Red Hats.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Davison-Fulton Anderson Chapel in Chillicothe. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Chillicothe City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the