Shirley Brown

Shirley J. Brown (Ott)

Friday, April 26th, 1935 - Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
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Shirley Jeanine (Ott) Brown, age 85 years, of Sunrise Beach, Mo. passed away Thursday, December 3, 2020 at her home surrounded by loved ones.

Shirley was born on April 26, 1935 in Jefferson, MO to Leonard and Elno Ott. She graduated from Jefferson City in 1954. She later moved to Columbia, MO where she raised two sons, Chuck and Steve Thompson, and one daughter, Rene Thompson. On August 20, 1994, she married her high school sweetheart, Harold “Brownie” Brown.

Shirley and Brownie owned and operated the Zesto restaurants in Jefferson City until their retirement in 2004. Shirley was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time at the lake surrounded by family and friends, traveling the world taking cruises with Brownie, and boating around the lake on their wooden cruiser, “The Gray Ghost”. She made the most delicious fried chicken, told the greatest stories, albeit over and over, had a lively sense of humor, and made all those that were close to her feel very loved.

She is survived by her husband, Harold; three children, Chuck, Steve (Christy), and Rene; stepdaughter, Lori (Kennan); and several grandchildren.

Shirley was preceded in death by her father, Leonard, and her mother, Elno.

A visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at Freeman Mortuary. The general public is welcome to attend while following social distancing guidelines. All family and friends are required to wear personal masks or other personal protective equipment while in attendance.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2020 in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Bill Nigus officiating. A graveside service and interment will be held at Riverview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are appreciated to The Pink Fund, P.O. Box 603
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303.

“I love you the most. I love you the best. I love you forever and ever.”
—Shirley Brown

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Freeman Mortuary
    915 Madison Street
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  • Service

    Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 2:00pm
    Freeman Chapel
    915 Madison Street
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  • Interment

    Riverview Cemetery
    2600 West Main Street
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Bob and Sandy Branson

Posted at 12:43pm
Our sincere sympathy Brownie, Shirley was such a great gal - we have great memories of the fun we had. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Bob and Sandy Branson

Beverley Payne

Posted at 01:06pm
Dear Brownie ,
what wonderful memories we have of the Lake, camping and cruising. Shirley was such a special lady and good friend.
My deepest sympathy to you and the family.
Beverley Payne


Posted at 07:33pm
Wishing you strength and peace during this hard time.
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