Avis Marie Brown, or "Auntie A", as she was affectionately referred to by her nieces and nephew, passed away December 30, 2017 at Walker Place in Shelbyville. She was born August 13, 1927 in Rush County to Howard and Laura May (King) Brown and grew up with her sisters, Doris Ruth (Brown) Theobald and Betty (Brown) Baker, both precede her in death. She was a 1945 graduate of Manilla High School. Avis never married but she was a loving companion to Edwin Ellis for over 23 years. His obit stated that she was the second love of his life. He & his children, Terry, John and Joyce, along with their children became a second family to Avis in addition to her own sisters and their families.
Avis had many interests. One was a love for travel and she shared that with her five nieces and a nephew by taking them on a trip for their high school graduation. She liked to do handwork and also learned to weave on her great grandmother's loom and made lovely creations. She was active in B.P.W., Rush County United Fund, Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority, Homer Christian Union Church and served many years as the treasurer for Goddard Cemetery. Many people will remember her for the love and devotion she gave to her job at The Sampler in Homer where she had worked for 57 years, retiring at nearly 82.
Five nieces, a nephew, 13 great nieces and great nephews along with their children will fondly remember Avis. Her nieces are, Sharon Theobald (Terry) Rensberger, Janet Theobald Drook, Jane Ann Theobald (Roger) Allman, Debbie Baker Neal, Kim Baker (John) Sorrell and nephew, Phillip (Deborah) Theobald.
Family and friends are welcome to honor Avis from 12:30 to 2PM Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Moster Mortuary, Rushville with services being held at 2 PM. Rev. Roger Abraham will preside and burial will be in the Goddard Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the RCCF-Howard & May Brown Fund or the Donor's Favorite Charity.
Arrangements entrusted to Moster Mortuary
Published on December 31, 2017