Anna Mae Louise Brown, 78, died at 10:27 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.

Anna Mae Louise Brown, 78, died at 10:27 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.

Born Sept. 14, 1931, in Quincy to Frank William and Audrey Beatrice Allen Ellis, she married James R. “Bob” Brown June 24, 1950, in Peoria. He died April 16, 2000, in Peoria.

She was also preceded in death by her step-mother, Lucile Ellis; an infant son, James R. Brown Jr.; one sister, Lois Ingram; and one brother, Duane Hensley.

Surviving are three children, Linda (Guy) Hasten of Chillicothe, Michael (Deb) Brown of Tucson, Ariz., and Becky (Bill) Murphy of Mossville; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Audrey Allen of East Peoria, Joyce Cazelle of Gap, Penn., and Nancy Cox of Champaign; and four brothers, Donald Ellis of Oakland, Calif., Johnny Ellis of Florida, Gene Ellis of East Peoria and David Ellis of Chicago.

She was a member of the Peoria Women’s Bowling Association since 1962.

In 1964, she was instrumental in organizing junior leagues at Chilli Bowl.

She had been on the board of directors starting in 1974, serving as vice president and then appointed to the office of local association secretary in 1985, serving in that capacity until her death.

During her time on the board, she served on various committees, including work with the local Men’s and YABA associations.

On the state level, she was chairman of the Illinois WBA Credential Committee.

She was awarded permanent membership in the WIBC in 1984 and was a member of the Local and National 600 clubs.

In 1991, she was inducted into the Peoria Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame for meritorious service.

She was named Member of the Year by the board of directors of the Illinois Women’s Bowling Association in 2002.

She received her 30 Service Award in 2009.

A celebration of life is at 10 a.m. Friday at The Wilton Mortuary in Peoria. The Rev. Bill Allen will officiate. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Cremation rites are accorded.

Memorials may be made to Rescue 33 or The Mildred F. Miller Endowment for Children with Spina Bifida, c/o OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Foundation.

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