Rayletta Brown

August 31, 1926 - November 5, 2017
Battle Creek, MI



Wednesday, November 8, 2017
12:30 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Life Story Funeral Homes - Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren
Vicksburg Location
409 South Main Street
Vicksburg, MI 49097
(269) 649-1697
Driving Directions


Wednesday, November 8, 2017
1:00 PM EST
Vicksburg Cemetery


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Bickford Senior Living
3432 Capital Ave. SW
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Evergreen Senior Care and Rehab
111 Evergreen Road
Springfield, MI 49037


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Web Site

Polderman's Florist & Garden Center
8710 Portage Road
Portage, MI 49002
(269) 327-3656
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Heirloom Rose
407 S. Grand St.
Schoolcraft, MI 49087
(269) 679-3010
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Web Site

Life Story / Obituary


Rayletta Charlene (Swan) Brown, only child of Raymond and Lela Swan, passed away on November 5, 2017 at the Evergreen Senior Care and Rehab Center.

Rayletta was born August 31, 1926 in Vicksburg, MI. She graduated from Vicksburg High School and Parsons Business College. She married her childhood sweetheart, James Robert Brown, also of Vicksburg. Jim’s job with the Kellogg Company brought the couple to Battle Creek, where they made their home and raised three children. Rayletta enjoyed taking care of her home and family, and always made sure that everyone was well fed and comfortable. Her friends and neighbors always looked forward to getting Rayletta’s Christmas cookies each year. She and Jim took many beautiful fall trips out east to visit their son and daughter. They worked together to keep their lawn and home looking its best and thoroughly enjoyed their grandchildren and their family’s dogs.

Sadly, Jim passed away in 2015. Rayletta is survived by three children: daughters, Nancy (Bill) Healy, of Dixmont, ME; Gail (Bill) Penty, of Battle Creek, MI; and son, Doug (Nancy) Brown of Martinsburg, WV; four grandchildren: Katie (Troy) Sanders; Kenneth (Erin) Brown; Jill (Aaron) Constantakis and Ryan (Katie) Penty; a sister-in-law, Maggie Brown, of Meridian, ID; two nieces and one nephew.

The family will have a graveside service at the Vicksburg Cemetery on Wednesday at 1pm. Please visit Rayletta’s webpage at www.lifestorynet.com where you can read her obituary and sign her guestbook. Those who wish may make contributions to the Evergreen Senior Care & Rehab and/or Bickford Cottage in Battle Creek.

The family is being assisted by the Life Story Funeral Home, 409 S. Main, Vicksburg (269-649-1697).