Ann & Rainsford Brown Jr. Memorial Scholarship


Rainsford and Ann Brown had a commitment to family, community, church, and business...

Rainsford A. and Ann Brown were born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. They were married in 1954, and a year later moved to the Quad Cities to run the family business, Meadows Transfer and Storage. Meadow’s was a contract carrier for A&P Grocery and is still in business today, operating as a real estate holding company. In 1962, Rainsford started Twin Bridges Truck City, a heavy duty Mack Truck dealership in Bettendorf. In 1980 he purchased Standard Forwarding Company, a regional trucking company. All three companies continue to enjoy success under the leadership of the family.

Equally important as his business ventures was his volunteer work. Rainsford served on the boards of Iowa Wesleyan College, Youth for Christ and Ridgecrest Retirement Center. He was also very active in their church, St. John’s United Methodist, where he served on many committees and taught The Questor Sunday School class for over 20 years.

Ann enjoyed raising the couple’s three children and was active in church and community circles. She thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to minister to others fighting illness as a long time Befriender at Genesis Medical Center. The Browns’ three children, Ruth Ward, Sue Jarvis, and R.A. (Rainey) Brown III are all PV graduates. Their three grandsons and granddaughter will all benefit from a PV education as well.

Rainsford and Ann passed away in October of 2010 within 24 hours of each other. The Ann and Rainsford Brown Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established in 2013 and is awarded to a graduating senior from Pleasant Valley High School. It honors Ann and Rainsford’s commitment to family, community, church, and business while helping a student succeed in their post-secondary plans.


"It would have been a lot harder to go to school without the scholarship. It meant a lot less pressure."

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