Anne Theresa Brown, 67, a lifelong resident of Springfield, Missouri, went home to be with the Lord on October 27, 2009. She was born August 21, 1942 in Springfield, Missouri, the daughter of Harold D. and Juanita C. Gardner.
She is survived by her husband, Evangelist Don Brown; a stepson and daughter-in-law, Terry and Elizabeth Brown of Cabool, Missouri; six grandchildren, Sarah Kimani of Springfield, Rob and Beverly Sanchez of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Tiffany and Phillip Davis of Ava, Missouri, Richard Sanchez of Tucson, Arizona, Susan Brown of West Plains, Missouri, and Cheryl and Nick Clinton of Bolivar, Missouri; two nephews, Paul David Gardner and Paul Derek Gardner; three nieces, Paula Ann Romen, Teresa Wells, and Kelly Todd; seven great-grandchildren; many friends and loved ones.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents, Harold D. and Juanita C. Gardner, and her brother, Paul Richard Gardner.
Anne received Jesus Christ as her personal savior on October 30, 1988, through the ministry of High Street Baptist Church. Anne told all she saw that her salvation was the best decision she ever made. “It changed my life and my priorities. It is my desire that all my family and friends be saved. Jesus said, ‘Whosoever may come.’ Salvation is a free gift of God, all you have to do is accept. Jesus won’t make you a perfect person, but a new person, set apart.”
At her death, Anne was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Springfield.
She worked for Sysco Food for 22 years and retired in 2003.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Beth-Eden Bible Camp, 3068 E. Belmont, Springfield, MO 65802.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 30, in Greenlawn Funeral Home East Chapel with burial in White Chapel Cemetery.