Doris June Brown




Doris June Brown, of Columbus, died of this life at 2:05 a.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the Keepsake Village of Columbus with her children by her side.

Doris June was born on June 24, 1936 in Bedford Indiana, daughter of Clifford Gilstrap and Doneda Ritchison Gilstrap Harker. On December 19, 1953, she married Louis Bruce Brown, at Wray Christian Church in Jackson County.

She and her husband owned and operated the A-AAA Visitor Center where she handled the accounting, insurance, sales, home setup logistics and more. In her youth and married young adult life she was a very proud farmer taking care of farm animals and planting / harvesting crops. She then worked in the Bartholomew County School cafeteria system while her children were young. She attended Asbury United Methodist Church where she attended DMA. She had been a TOPS member, Tulip Trace Boy Scout leader and enclosure committee chair for many years.

Ms. Brown loved gardening and cooking and was known for her homemade yeast bread. She had an immense love for animals. She has fed and saved many types of animals, even a baby skunk. Animals were his happiness. She and her husband with their children in the early years enjoyed hosting children on weekends from the Columbus Children’s Home.

Survivors include her children, Doneda Diane Henry Brown of Columbus and Hallett (Loretta) Brown of

Columbus; grandchildren, Malachi Henry, DC, Sabrina (Matt) Hodge, Dr Veronica (Kyle) Turner, Sandy

(Chaz) King, Lester (Kristen) Brown and Joshua Brown; great-grandchildren, David, Colin, Jordan and Adalyn Hodge, Kadel and Malia Turner, Newla and Luna King, Devin, Matthew and Makaila Brown; sister, Wilma J. Hiveley of Seymour; and a sister-in-law, Brenda Brown of Medora.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Louis Brown on March 5, 2014; son, Daniel Lee Brown; and sisters, Mary Brown and Thelma Gilstrap, one brother Eugene Gilstrap and infant twin brothers.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street. A live broadcast of the funeral service can be viewed at

Family and friends can call for visitation from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 3:30 p.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Masks are kindly recommended once inside the funeral home.

Private interment will be in Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators, Animal CARE Services, or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences and special memories can be shared with the Brown family. A video tribute can be viewed at

Don’t ask me to remember.

Don’t try to make me understand.

Let me rest and know that you are with me.

Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.

I am confused beyond your concept.

I am sad and sick and forgotten.

All I know is I need you.

Be with me at all costs.

Don’t lose patience with me.

Don’t scold, swear, or cry.

I can’t help the way I act.

I can not do otherwise.

Just remember I need you

That the best of me is gone.

Please don’t fail to stand next to me

Love me until my life is over.

-Unknown author


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