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Autna Deen Brown

1925 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Autna Deen Brown Obituary
Autna Deen Havens Brown went to be with her Savior Jesus Christ on the beautiful Sunday morning of Sept.13, 2015.
She was born on Jan. 21, 1925 to Silas and Rosa Havens in Caradan, TX. Her family moved to Cross Plains, Texas in 1926. She graduated from Cross Plains High School in 1942. Autna Deen Havens married the love of her life, William D. Brown, in Odessa on June 25, 1945. They were married for 66 years, and they had the pleasure of living in various states across the United States. They also lived in many small oil patch communities and company camps in West Texas. One of the ones they spoke most fondly of was the camp at Guadalupe Pass. Deen retired from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1978.
Deen was a member of the Greatest Generation and the strength and courage of those who grew up during that time was evident throughout her life. During World War II Deen worked in the parts warehouse at Midland Air Force Base. She was not afraid of hard work and took pride in all she did. It was always her desire, even though Don went on before her, to live independently in her own home. That is exactly what she did until she passed from this life! Hers was a life well lived.
Deen loved playing card games, working puzzles, watching sports, sewing, crocheting and most importantly playing Wahoo with her family and friends. She had a green thumb and loved to garden. She also loved fishing and enjoyed playing golf in years past. "Deenie" as she became known by her bowling teammates and many friends, was an excellent bowler and participated in a bowling league for many years. She loved her family and enjoyed visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She welcomed her first great-great-grandson in 2015.
Deen is preceded in death by her husband, William D. Brown; one infant daughter, Patricia Elaine Brown; one infant granddaughter, Christina D'Ann Clark; her parents, Silas and Rosa Havens; two sisters, Ruth Havens Nepveu McIntosh and Marie Havens Anderson; and two brothers, Floyd Havens and Silas Loyd Havens.
She is survived by three daughters, Donna (Tex) Clark of Hutto and previously of Midland, Ellen (Lynn) Walthall of Sweetwater and Darcy (Donny) Knight of Midland; seven granddaughters, who knew her as "Granny," Denise (Terry) Hightower of Hutto, Donnita Jackson of Austin, Morgan (Kyle) Sanders of Round Rock, Krista Knight of Dripping Springs, Casie (Levi) Britt of Abilene, Trina Knight of Waco and Jessica Walthall of Leander; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She is also survived by one brother, Charlie (Alberta) Havens of Rockwall; and one sister, Rose Haakonsen of Fox River Grove, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.
As a dedicated member of the Church of Christ, the family finds peace knowing she is with her Savior. Family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral home on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Cross Plains Church of Christ, 433 N. Main Street, Cross Plains, Texas, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. Burial will follow at Cross Plains Cemetery in Cross Plains, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home of Midland, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, Md. 20910.
Condolences may be made at www.ellisfunerals.com.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on Sept. 19, 2015
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