Diane Kay (Grotegut) Brown, age 76, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, passed away on August 25, 2021 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was born in Decorah, Iowa on September 28, 1944 to Willard and Esther Grotegut. She grew up on the family farm in Waukon, Iowa and graduated from Waukon High School in 1962. She graduated with an Executive Secretarial degree from the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, Iowa in 1964. She married Eugene Brown on May 28, 1972 in Waukon, Iowa. She worked as an executive secretary in Des Moines. The family moved to Albuquerque where Diane raised two daughters. She worked as the Executive Secretary for the New Mexico home office of Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society for 20 years and retired in 2004. She worked for an additional 12 years as a greeter at Walmart. Diane enjoyed attending church, cats, walking, visiting museums, reading, and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Esther Grotegut, her father, Willard Grotegut, and her former husband, Eugene Brown. She is survived by her two daughters, Heidi Henderson of Rio Rancho, New Mexico and Renee (Wes) Wade of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is also survived by two brothers, Randy Grotegut of Waukon, Iowa and Gary (Deb) Grotegut of Waukon, Iowa, and two sisters, Ann (Neil) Krumme of Waukon, Iowa and Wendy (Mike) Kimber of Waukon, Iowa. She is also survived by 3 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 2:00pm, at Covenant United Methodist Church, 8510 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.
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