Springdale Business Memorializes Helen Gurley Brown

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When Arkansas-native, author, publisher and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown died in August, a business far removed from the high-society trappings of New York City created her monument.

For the Brown family, picking Springdale-based Emerson Monument to memorialize Brown was a natural choice. The company had created Helen’s husband’s monument two years before.

David Brown was a film and theatre producer most notably known for The Sting, Cocoon and Driving Miss Daisy. His monument was set in Green Forest, Ark., and a funeral home reached out to Emerson. They designed the monument with a hand-drawn Academy Award figurine.

“They were pleased with our service,” said Alison Raymer, owner of Emerson.

Helen was born in Green Forest, Ark., and her father served as a commissioner on the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. Click here to read the full story from our partners at