Welcome to the memorial page for

Ida Pearl (Nanney) Brown

January 2, 1925 ~ April 23, 2017 (age 92)

Ida Pearl Brown of Rolla, formerly of New Madrid, Mo  passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the age of 92.


Ida Pearl Brown was born January 2, 1925 in Marston, Mo., to the late Elisha Dellon and Hattie Mozella (Newton) Nanney.


Pearl was united in marriage to "the love of her life" Willard Wilson Bailey on 9/16/1939, he entered into rest September 16, 1990 on the day of their 51st Wedding Anniversary.  Several years later she married a good friend, Russell Nelson Brown; he passed away February 1st 2012.


Pearl is survived by her daughters: Mary Tankersley of Rolla , Beverly Romine and husband, Larry of St.James, and Son-In-Law: Jim Clay of St. Charles. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Carrie  Ash, Jimmy Clay Jr, Kathy Daniels, Michelle Camenisch, David Schowengert, Courtney Burns, Jeremy Romine; and 13 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her 10 siblings, Son-In-Law: Charles Tankersley, and her oldest daughter: Jeanette Clay


Pearl was one of 11 children, and she grew up in southern Missouri were she picked cotton as a young adult. She loved to help and serve others. In her last working years, she worked for home health where she helped and cared for many people.  For several years she organized a monthly dance group at the Eugene Northern Hall in Rolla. She loved to play Bingo and she never missed an episode of Wheel of Fortune. Pearl's greatest love was for her family, especially her grandchildren.  She attended the Church of God in St. James and First Community Christian Church in Rolla.


A visitation for the family and friends of Ida Pearl Brown will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Jones Funeral Home in St. James.


A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at  Jones Funeral Home in St. James with Don Carson and Dale Wands officiating.  Pallbearers will be Jimmy Clay Jr., Jeremy Romine, Cody Romine, Kyle Daniels, Dallas Taylor, and Mitchell Burns. Internment will follow in the St. James Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Phelps Regional Hospice.  On-Line condolences may be entered at www.jonesfunerals.com


All arrangements are under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Phelps Regional Hospice
575 Blues Lake Pkwy Ste A, Rolla, MO 65401
Tel: 1-573-364-2425
Web: http://www.pcrmc.com/Medical-Services/Phelps-Regional-Homecare/Hospice

 Service Information

April 25, 2017

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jones Funeral Home
200 South Meramec
Saint James, MO 65559

Funeral Service
April 26, 2017

11:00 AM
Jones Funeral Home
200 South Meramec
Saint James, MO 65559

April 26, 2017

St. James Cemetery
Jefferson Street
St. James, MO 65559

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