Rita Mae Brown, 72, of Arkansas City, died January 3, 2015 at Lake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center.

She retired from Arkansas City Public Schools as a cafeteria worker after many years. She was involved with the Desha County 4-H for many years and was a member of McGehee Church of Christ.

Mrs. Brown was born in Dewitt on September 11, 1942 to the late C.W. and Helen Shields Capps.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Tommy Dale Brown and sisters, Pat Horton and Edna Klyder.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years Donald Brown of Arkansas City; sons Donald Eugene Brown and wife Christy of Diamond Head, Mississippi and Roland Brown of Arkansas City; a brother C.W. Capps of Sheridan; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be January 6 from  5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service of McGehee.

Funeral Services will be held at January 7 at 2 p.m.at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Gene Gregory officiating. Cremation to follow services.