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Emmalou "Lou" Brown

Obituary for Emmalou "Lou" Brown

December 31, 1930 - April 24, 2018
Urbandale, Iowa | Age 87


Emmalou "Lou" Brown of Urbandale died April 24, 2018 at Urbandale Health Care Center. Memorial graveside service will be Tuesday May 1 at 1:00 at the Graceland Cemetery in Creston. Dr. Beverlee Bell of Walnut Hills United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Creston. Memorials can be given to the Walnut Hills United Methodist Church, 12321 Hickman Rd, Urbandale IA 50323 or to UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Foundation, 1415 Woodland Ave Suite E-200, Des Moines IA 50309. . Online condolences can be given at

Emmalou "Lou" Brown was born December 31, 1930, in Chariton, Ia. to June (Burnett) and Walter Dewey Johnson. Lou graduated from Des Moines Technical High School in 1948. On November 19, 1948 Lou was united in marriage to Alvin Leslie Martin in Des Moines, Ia. They settled in the Creston area where she was an active mother and homemaker. After Al's death, Lou operated a travel agency "Go Travel" in Creston until her retirement in 1987.
On December 24, 1986 Lou was united in marriage to J. Howard Brown in Las Vegas. They split their time between Creston and Mesa, Ariz. until Lou returned to Creston. She later moved to Des Moines in 2007. Lou was a member of the Methodist Church throughout her life.

Lou is survived by two daughters, Deborah (Tom) Skinner of Fernandina Beach, Fla. and Diana Ronald (Deon Machalek) of Des Moines; a sister Martha Hood of Auburn Hills, Mich.; two grandchildren, Steven (Tomoko) McDonald and Allison Hoppe; three great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Kaleigh and Thomas Leech and two sisters-in-law, Arlene Johnson of Des Moines, Ia. and Georgia Johnson of Osceola. Lou was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alvin Martin in 1976, two brothers, Walter and Ray Johnson and a brother-in-law Miles Hood.

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