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  Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, March 30, 2017

September 07, 1922 ~ March 29, 2017

Naomi Lois Scott was born at the family farm west of Corning, Iowa, on September 7, 1922 the second of eight children born to Marion and Rosanna (Mitchell) Brown. Lois walked or rode a horse to country school and later to Corning High School. There were always chores to do around the farm and Lois gathered eggs, carried water and brought armloads of wood to the cook stove. Lois learned to cook by watching her mother prepare food with a pinch of this and a dab of that. After meals there were dishes to wash plus mending, sewing, ironing, or dressing chickens.

Lois graduated with the Corning class of 1940. Her favorite class was home economics. She and Gerald Scott were married on August 1, 1942 in Grant City, Missouri three weeks before he left for the U.S. Army. Together they went to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and later Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Son David was born on December 29, 1943, and daughter Janis arrived on October 7, 1945. After Gerald’s military service, they returned to Corning to farm with Gerald’s parents for one year.

A farm northwest of Diagonal in Lincoln township, Ringgold county was home for the next 33 years. Daughter Diana was born on December 26, 1951, and daughter Joyce was born on August 27, 1954. Younger sister Judy spent many summers on the farm enjoying fun and games as well as dressing chickens, sewing, ironing, cooking, and gardening. In addition to being a farm wife and raising her family, she was a 4-H club leader and a charter member of the H.O.A. neighborhood club.

Then came the opportunity to work at the Diagonal restaurant. She expected to wait tables but instead found herself making noodles, mashing potatoes, and baking pies. Lois worked there until she decided to attend Southwestern Community College to become a licensed practical nurse. At the age of 48 Lois achieved this goal and began working at the nursing home in Clearfield. For 17 years she enjoyed this career. She and Gerald moved from the farm to Clearfield in 1980, living across from the nursing home.

She retired as LPN at the age of 65 and enjoyed time in her garden and flower beds. She served on the Clearfield city council and was the town’s mayor in the 80s. There was always time for bingo and bowling, attending local sporting events, sewing blue jean quilts and collecting cans for redemption. The annual Brown Reunion was a highlight of her summer, and telephone calls from family and friends were delightful. These memories and so many others of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cook, pie baker, seamstress, hug-giver, and friend will be cherished.

Lois is survived by her son David (wife Jeannette) Scott of Osceola, daughter Janis (husband Ed) Johnston of Diagonal, daughter Joyce (husband Dave) Sweeney of Lenox; grandchildren Derek Scott of Des Moines, Deron (wife Liline) Scott of Waukee, Scott Johnston of Creston, Curt (wife Mandy) Johnston of Eddyville, Trent (fiancé Sally) Johnston of Creston, Angela (husband Ryan) Reynolds of Mount Ayr, Erin (husband Tysen) Christensen of Lenox, Chris (wife Anna) Sweeney of Grimes; great grandchildren Adalyn, Ryce and Emma Reynolds, Makenna, Chase and Cole Johnston, and Hadlee, Jesa and Zander Christensen; sister Joann Morris of Omaha, NE, sister Judy (husband Dennis) Grantham of Denver, CO, sister Rosanna Walker of Moorhead, MN; sisters-in-law Illah Brown of Corning, Judy Brown of McKinney, TX, and Darlene Brown of Papillion, NE; brothers-in law Marvin Scott of Washington and Ed Scott of Corning; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Lois was preceded in death by husband Gerald in 2014, daughter Diana in 2008, her parents, brothers Clifford Brown, Bernard Brown and Gerald Brown, sister Berneita Dunham, brothers-in-law Morris Dunham, Floyd Morris, Byron Ogburn, Claire Scott, Glenn Scott, John O’Riley, Sam Hollander, Byron Swartz and sisters-in law Norma O’Riley, Deloris Hollander, Ruth Swartz, Betty Scott and Sharon Scott.

Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr and Clearfield is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield, Iowa with Rev. Michael Shaffer officiating and memories given by Rosanna Walker.

Casket bearers were Derek Scott, Deron Scott, Scott Johnston, Curt Johnston, Trent Johnston, Angela Reynolds, Erin Christensen and Chris Sweeney.

Honorary pallbearers were Adalyn, Ryce and Emma Reynolds, Makenna, Chase and Cole Johnston, and Hadlee, Jesa and Zander Christensen.

Burial is in the Clearfield Cemetery at Clearfield, Iowa. A memorial fund has been established for the United Methodist Church and American Legion Auxiliary, both in Clearfield, Iowa.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2017

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