Linda Marie (Brown) Brislawn, 51, of Kewanee, Il. passed away at 8:48 P.M. Thursday, March 15, 2012 at her home after a valiant 3 ½ year battle with (A.M.L.) Leukemia. She left our world peacefully with family and loved ones at her side. Linda was born March 20, 1960 in Galesburg, Il. the daughter of Frank Bernard and Selma Marie (Ingersoll) Brown. Linda graduated from Kewanee High School in 1979. She received her associate degree in Science from Black Hawk East Jr. College in 2008.
As a child and young adult, Linda worked with her parents at the family owned and operated Spudnut Shop on East Third Street in Kewanee. Linda was later employed for over 12 years as a waitress at Grants/Kmart Restaurant. She was later employed at Jack’s Place, Brothers Restaurant, Star Courier and Kewanee Hospital Hospice.
Survivors include her loving companion Ron Lootens of Manlius, Il. a son Joey Catton of Kewanee, a daughter Missy (David) Hamilton of Toulon, a sister JoEtta (Steve) Hill of Pekin, Il. two brothers Otis (Pat) Brown of Nekoma, Il. Clifford Ray Brown of Kewanee, six grandchildren Felicia, Megan, Nicole, Grace, Riley and Blake, several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and maternal and paternal grandparents.
Linda was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee and its Faith Circle and Service Committee. She loved to read and was a member of the Kewanee Reading Club. She was a member of the Red Covered Bridge Quilters Guild and the Kewanee Elks Lodge. Linda enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, gardening, marathon running, bicycling, sky diving and scuba diving. She especially enjoyed camping and rock climbing with her children.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee. Rev. David Schweppe will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 5-8 P.M. Tuesday (her birthday) at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church or to the family for a memorial to be designated.