Shirley Rae Brown, 82

November 18, 1938 - February 18, 2021

Hastings resident, Shirley Rae Brown, 82, passed away Thursday, February 18, 2021, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings.

Services will be Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 11 am at the Apfel Funeral Home Chapel, Hastings with Pastor Jeff Zinnel officiating. Burial will be in the Rosedale Cemetery, Rosedale, NE. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time. Condolences may be sent to the family from The service will be live streamed from
Memorials may be given to Crossroads, Hastings.

Shirley was born November 18, 1938, to Ralph Charles and Leola Margaret (Scudder) Gerdes in Grand Island, NE. She attended Hastings public schools. She married Marion Vincent Brown on June 2, 1955, in Hastings; Shortly after they married Marion was stationed at various locations, California and Washington. They moved to Hastings in 1970 when Marion retired from the military.

Shirley always enjoyed being there for her family and was a homemaker. Shirley enjoyed sewing, reading, crocheting, Barbie Doll clothes, and quilting.

She is survived by four daughters, Sandra Lee Brown of Hastings, Bonita Ann “Bonnie” (William) Williams of Ravenna, Barbara Gail (Scott) Kattau of Port Angeles, WA and Lee Maggie Brown (Kay Storrs) of Lincoln, one son Vincent Charles Brown of Panama City, FL, 10 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren; sister, Linda (John) Walsh of Hastings; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marion passed away April 10, 2019, and one grandson.