Jonelle was born April 18, 1917 in Nesbit, Mo. She attended college at Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo., for two years, and graduated from the University of Missouri -- Columbia in 1938 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She married T. A. Brown, Jr., on June 28, 1938.
Jonelle gave much of herself to ensuring the health and welfare of others in her community. She served as coordinator and director of the community health clinic (for which she received the Daily Democrat's "Citizen of the Year" award in 1961), and led a fund campaign to secure money for lunches for needy children. She was extensively involved in Girl Scouts, serving on the Cotton Boll Girl Scout executive board and distributing badges from her home for many years. She received the Thanks badge award, the highest honor awarded for adult volunteering in Girl Scouts. Jonelle was a devout follower of Christ and taught a Sunday school class for nearly 70 years.
The 1961 Daily Democrat article recognizing her Citizen of the Year award said of Jonelle, "Throughout her long period of service, she has shied away from publicity. It is this attitude ... which serves as a guide for others to emulate."
Jonelle was preceded in death by her husband, T. A. Brown, Jr.; parents Charles B. and Hattie Dial Baker, and sister Charolyn Miles.
She is survived by children Charles B. Brown and his wife, Sandy, Anetha Jo Combs and her husband, Jerry Paul, and Charolyn Martin, all of Kennett, as well as 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be made to First United Methodist Church of Kennett, Delta Children's Home, Girl Scouts of Missouri Heartland, Dunklin County Museum, or other charities as desired.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., today, Tuesday, April 12, at the First United Methodist Church in Kennett with Rev. Gary Carter officiating.
Burial was in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Kennett.
Pallbearers were Charlie Brown, Toliver Brown, Joel Brown, Paul T. Combs, Charley Hilburn, Darren Harris, David Williams, Jon Richard, and Adam Rolf.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcdanielfuneralservice.com.
McDaniel Funeral Service of Kennett was in charge of arrangements.