Ernestine "Shorty" Brown

Ernestine "Shorty" Brown, 92, Marshfield, Missouri, daughter of Rufus Emmitt and Serena Paralee (Evans) Alexander was born Aug. 4, 1926, in Webster County, Missouri, and departed this life May 30, 2019, in her home with her loving family by her side.

Shorty worked on the family farm growing up and went to school at Black Oak School and then graduated from Marshfield High School in 1943. She then became an apprentice beautician. On Nov. 4, 1944, she married Warren Harold "Red" Brown. Soon after their marriage, they moved to Montana, where daughter Linda was born. They then moved back to Marshfield, where daughter Shirley was born. When Shirley was six months old, Shorty and Red moved back to Montana for several years. During that time they operated a mercantile. Then in April of 1955 the family once again moved back to Marshfield, this time to stay. Shorty and Red bought Brownie’s Standard Service Station, which was located one block off the square. Together the couple operated the service station for a few years before Red became ill and they had to sell the business. Shorty then went to work for Knot Hole Factory.

In February 1961, Red passed away, leaving Shorty to raise the girls on her own. Shorty bought and opened Shorty's Café on East Washington Street in 1964. Granny's Famous Pies were a product of Shorty's Café and sold all over the U.S.A. The Café was a thriving business in Marshfield for twenty years. After the Café sold, Shorty went to work for Waste Management until she retired in 1996. During that time Shorty also ran the ballpark for MAB, scheduling umpires and running the concession stand. In January 1994, Shorty received the Lifetime Civic Award for her longtime involvement with MAB.

Shorty cared for her sister, Anita until 2001 when she passed away. One of Shorty's hobbies was crocheting. She crocheted many lap robes for the residents at Webco Manor Nursing Home. She loved crocheting and made cherished pieces for family and friends.                                                                                                                                              She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Warren Harold Brown; her grandson, James Christopher Davis; her brother, Haskell Alexander; and her two sisters, Eloise McFadin and Anita Alexander.

Shorty is survived by her daughters, Linda Henderson and husband Jerry, and Shirley Davis and husband James, all of Marshfield; four grandchildren, Michael Henderson, Shaun Davis and wife Sherry, and Shane Davis; four great-grandchildren, James Davis and Sammie, Tasha Hutchens, Jon and Greg LuCerne; a great-great grandson, Jace Davis; a special neighbor and niece, Donna Thomas; nephews Jay and Rick Alexander; niece Carol Ingham; and a host of family and friends.

Shorty will certainly be missed by all who knew and loved her!

Funeral services for Shorty Brown will be held at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday June 5, 2019, at Day Funeral Home, Marshfield, with burial in Black Oak Cemetery, Marshfield. Visitation were held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Black Oak Cemetery in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at

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