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Leta "Bunny" Dell Brown

Updated: Sep 7, 2022

Leta D. Brown, 80, passed away August 31, 2022 at Iowa Methodist Hospital.

Leta was born on May 24, 1942 to Dennis “Dutch” and Madlon Shaw.

She is survived by her partner Robert “Bob” Frye; her sisters Denise Davis, Ethel Deever and brother Walter Shaw; her children LeAnna Sinopoli (Rick), Brenda Campbell (Bill), Larry Brown (Colleen), Jessica Baber (Brian), Bradley Brown (Sarah); 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents and daughter Tina Brown.

On Friday, September 9th there will be a visitation from 10:00am-12:00pm and funeral service at 12:00pm to remember and honor Leta’s life at Sunset Memorial Chapel. The funeral service will be livestreamed for those that wish to watch virtually or those that cannot make it. She will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Gardens following the funeral service.

Livestream link for 12:00pm funeral service:


Leta, better known as Bunny, was an amazing mother and friend. She resided in Des Moines most of her adult life. She had many talents. She would draw, paint, create wonderful jewelry and write 8 short stories that she later published. Throughout her life she would look with a keen eye for antique treasures that would be priceless in her eyes. She was the strongest woman we knew, her sassy attitude and her willingness to make you see what the consequences would be of bad choices. But, she had one of the biggest hearts and willing to do whatever she could to help. We will always feel that love and will always remember her sacrifices for us.

We will not say goodbye today, we will say see you on the streets of gold someday. We love you momma.



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