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Brenda Brown

February 6, 1961 — December 11, 2020

Brenda Brown

Brenda Lee Knight Brown, 59, of Atlantic, Iowa, died Friday, December 11, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.

Brenda was born at the Atlantic Hospital on February 6, 1961, the daughter of Jackie and Violet (Anderson) Knight. She was baptized and confirmed at the United Church of Christ in Atlantic. She attended the Atlantic Community Schools graduating with the High School Class of 1979. She spent her entire life enjoying Atlantic and in her earlier years she was known for spending much of her time with the local fur trade trapping and skinning wild life down at the old fur shed on 2nd Street with her grandpa Cassie Knight.

She met her future husband Paul Brown at a local drive-in theater. During their dating years Paul was known to ride his bicycle all the way from Cumberland to Atlantic just to spend time with Brenda. After a few years of dating, they were united in marriage on February 26, 1983, at the United Church of Christ. They were blessed with three children; Aaron, Shelly and Ryan. Brenda was employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Atlantic Care Center for a short time and decided to dedicate the rest of her life raising her family. Brenda was known as “Mama Brown” to most of those who knew her. She was a mother figure not only to her children but to many of her children’s friends as well. She remained busy trying to keep up with her kids and grandkids at local sporting events, wrestling tournaments, and eventually giving them rides on her electric wheelchair.

In her spare time, she enjoyed quilting, cross stitching, fishing, hunting, trapping, camping, dancing and singing karaoke at local establishments. Brenda was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Green Bay Packers fan. She was also the Secretary of the Southwest Iowa C.B. radio club and was known for her “check in” every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Brown of Atlantic; children: Aaron (Mallory) Brown of Dallas Center, Iowa, Shelly Brown (Rob Loving) of Atlantic, Ryan (Dawn) Brown of Fontanelle, Iowa; parents, Jackie and Violet Knight of Atlantic; grandchildren Aidan, Graysan, Brianna, Madison, Mason, Kayloni, Kynleigh, and Kynzington; brothers, Norman (Chanda) Knight and Kelly Knight both of Atlantic; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Raymond and Iva Anderson, and Cassie and Addie Knight, and nephew, K.J. Knight.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Church of Christ in Atlantic with Pastor Sharon Guffy Lewis officiating. Family visitation will be held on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the United Church of Christ. Cremation will take place following the funeral service. During the visitation and funeral service masks will be required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Memorials are preferred to the family for a later designation.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Brenda’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Memorial Slideshow:

Brenda Brown

February 6, 1961 ~ Atlantic, Iowa

December 11, 2020 ~ Atlantic, Iowa
At the age of 59 years, 10 months and 5 days

11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 15, 2020
United Church of Christ ~ Atlantic, Iowa

Pastor Sharon Guffey Lewis

“Walk Through This World With Me” by George Jones
“Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs
“Dancing In The Sky” by Dani and Lizzy
“Lead Me Home” by Jamie Johnson
“Farewell Party” by Gene Watson

Gary Jameson
Aaron Brown
Ryan Brown
Robert Loving
Mason Loving
Aidan Brown
Graysan Brown

Norman Knight
Zak Sickles
John Knight
Daniel Knight
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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

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United Church of Christ

1607 Hazel St, Atlantic, IA 50022

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