CHARLESTON -- Evelyn “Ovie” Richards Brown, 97, of Terre Haute, IN, and formerly of Downers Grove, and Urbana, IL, gained eternal life on September 9, 2017 at her home. She was a retired physician office manager.

Mrs. Brown was born July 4, 1920, at Charleston, Illinois, the daughter of the late Albert C “Cap” and Ethel Mora Davis Richards. She married Floyd Leslie “Les” Brown on December 15, 1942, in Charleston, Illinois, and he survives.

She is also survived by a sister-in law, Maxine Brown Fitzjarrald of Arthur, IL; a brother-in-law, Charlie Brown of Decatur, IL, her nieces, Susi Hanner (Bruce) Willis of Paris, IL; Sue (Mike) Downes of St. Joseph, IL; and Debbie McMillan Kleiss of Tuscola IL; her nephews, Don (Chris) Richards of Grove, OK; Jim (Bev) Hanner of Fort Pierce, FL; Mike (Mary) Richards of Powell, TN; Tom (Cindy) Richards of Austin, TX; and Doug McMillan of Pueblo, CO, as well as several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Leland Paul Richards; two sisters, Catherine Ann Hanner and Juanita Beth Richards; brothers-in-law, Oland Hanner and Lee Roy Browne; and family friend, Mary Tracy.

Graveside services will be held at Mound Cemetery in Charleston, IL, at a later date. Stewart & Carroll Funeral Home in Paris is in charge of arrangements. The full obituary is available online at

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