Eileen May Brown, 84, (nee Cross) peacefully went to heaven at 1:48 a.m. on Dec. 18, 2012, to rejoin the love of her life, David. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Hohlt & File Funeral Home in Vandalia, with the Rev. Joe Lawson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at funeral home. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Memorials: Shriners' Hospitals for Children or Vandalia Lions Club. Online condolences may be shared at www.hohltandfilefh.com. Eileen was a very courageous and brave young woman of 18 when she boarded the Queen Elizabeth Cruise Ship across the Atlantic Ocean from Plymouth England to marry David. She was born on May 7, 1928, in Plymouth, England, daughter of Charles and Alice (nee Roberts) Cross. She was one of eight children. She married David J. Brown on Aug. 25, 1946; he passed away on June 11, 2012. She worked many different jobs, waitressing, at the pencil factory and shoe factory, and at Evans Hotel, and she delivered milk in England. She was a charter member of Eagles Club Aerie 3901 and Vandalia Moose Lodge No. 1447 ladies auxiliary. Eileen is survived by her son, Charles "Chuck" (Lynn) Brown; daughters, Tanna Brown (Jerry Wall) and Andrea "Andy" (Gene) Hudson; one sister; two brothers; grandchildren, Stephanie Carter (Kurt Allan), Chris (Heather)Wall, Amy Jo (Barry) Lenderman, Mary Alice (Tim) Smith, Brandi (David) Bolyard, Leslie (Jennifer) Otto, Brian Hudson, Andrew Hudson and Matthew Hudson; and great-grandchildren, Chad Michael Brown, Jessie Willis, Jacob Willis, Courtney Wall, Amber Butler, Kourtney Bolyard, Samantha Smith, Lane Austin, Hailey Lenderman, Nathan Smith and Kloey Otto. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and two sisters.
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