Jean Marilyn (Cassidy) Brownell, 83, of Council Bluffs, IA, passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. The only child of George William Cassidy and Helen Lorraine (Geith) Cassidy, she was born on July 2, 1932 in Logan, IA.  

Jean spent the first three months of her life in a hospital in Omaha, requiring several surgeries to correct a cleft palate. She graduated from Logan High School in 1950.

On Aug. 31, 1952 Jean was married to Hugh Leroy Brownell, Jr. at the Christian Church in Logan and they moved to Ames, Iowa where Hugh attended ISU. After Hugh’s military service, they returned to Logan.

Jean worked for many years at Mutual of Omaha and was a member of Broadway Christian Church.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 62 years; special friends Margeurite Powell and Betty Betterman, who was a best friend as well as a cousin.  

She is survived by daughters, Debbie (Scott) Marcum, of Blockton, IA, Kim Brownell, of Council Bluffs, Cyndi (Jerry) Cavaness, of Falls City, and Robin Brownell, of Sioux City, IA; nine grandchildren, Tracy Cavaness, of Fort Walton Beach, FL, Joseph (Ann) Brownell, of Lakeland, GA, Jason (Marissa) Brownell, of Omaha, Chris Brownell, of Amite, LA, Cassidy Cavaness, of Falls City, Sarah Marcum (Kyle Yoder), of Rutledge, MiO, Andrew (Rebecca) Marcum, of State College, PA, Cara Cavaness, of Falls City, and Hannah Marcum, of Blockton, IA; 10 great grandchildren, Alec Smith, Allysa Aldrege, Tatum Kile, Gabe, Aiden and E.J. Brownell, Kaydence, Kason and Keyleigh Brownell, and Nora Marcum; sisters-in-law, Sharon O’Hara and Cathy Danielson; brother-in-law, Monte O’Hara; many nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors and other relatives.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 at Broadway Christian Church in Logan. Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home, Bayliss Park Chapel, in Council Bluffs.Memorials are suggested to Broadway Christian Church, 2658 Avenue ‘A,’ Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

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