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Shirley Rae Brown

November 18, 1938 — February 18, 2021

Hastings resident, Shirley Rae Brown, 82, passed away Thursday, February 18, 2021 at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings.

Services will be Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11 am at the Apfel Funeral Home Chapel, Hastings with Pastor Jeff Zinnel officiating. Burial will be in the Rosedale Cemetery, Rosedale, NE. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time. Condolences may be sent to the family from He service will be live streamed from

Memorials may be given to Crossroads, Hastings.

Shirley was born November 18, 1938 to Ralph Charles and Leola Margaret (Scudder) Gerdes in Grand Island, NE. She attended Hastings public schools. She married Marion Vincent Brown on June 2, 1955 in Hastings; Shortly after they married Marion was stationed at various locations, California and Washington. They moved to Hastings in 1970 when Marion retired from the military.

Shirley always enjoyed being there for her family and was a homemaker. Shirley enjoyed sewing, reading, crocheting, Barbie Doll clothes and quilting.

She is survived by four daughters, Sandra Lee Brown of Hastings, Bonita Ann “Bonnie” (William) Williams of Ravenna, Barbara Gail (Scott) Kattau of Port Angeles, WA and Lee Maggie Brown (Kay Storrs) of Lincoln, one son Vincent Charles Brown of Panama City, FL, 10 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; sister, Linda (John) Walsh of Hastings; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marion passed away April 10, 2019 and one grandson.

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