Rosemary Brown, 89, of Taylorville, passed away at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  She was born on April 23, 1930 in Morris, Illinois the daughter of Lawrence E. and Bernice (Connor) Arneson.  She married William J. Brown on March 17, 1951 in Morris.  He preceded her in death on May 12, 2004.  Rosemary graduated from St. Angela’s Academy in Morris and also attended Bradley University in Peoria.  She was a homemaker and worked as a bookkeeper for Brown & Sons. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the CD of A.  Rosemary was a 50-year member of the Taylorville Women’s Club and very active in the Christmas Home Tours.  She enjoyed playing Bridge for many years and loved her pets.  More than anything she was devoted to her family. 


She is survived by her children: Rita K. Werner of Taylorville, William M. “Bill” Brown of Irvine, California, Robert S. “Bob” Brown (Julie) of Taylorville, Mary Anne Oller (Jeff) of Houston, Texas, and Kathleen E. “Kathy” Driskell (Dave) of Taylorville; 10 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son: Stephen L. Brown; parents; husband; brother: John L. Arneson; and grandson: Joe Brown.


A funeral mass for Rosemary will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating.  Visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday in the church.  Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.


Memorials may be left to St. Mary’s Church or St. Mary’s School.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Rosemary, or condolences to her family, may be left online at

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