Velma L. Brown, 96, died March 15, 2014 at a local care center. She was surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born March 24, 1917, in Winslow, Ark. The youngest daughter of Pearl and Arthur Smith, she attended school in Winslow, Ark.
In 1935, she married Charles H. Reed. They had a son, Edward, and a daughter, Patricia. They divorced in 1949.
She married Lyle M. Brown on March 1, 1957, in Olympia, Wash. They were married 56 years. Lyle died on March 9, 2013.
They were avid square dancers. Both loved to travel and made many trips in their RV. They enjoyed their golden years as “snow birds” by being members of the Thousand Palms community near Palm Springs, Calif. They remained very active in their retirement – traveled with an RV club, continued with square dancing, fishing, and took up golf (she was extremely proud of her “hole-in-one” trophy).
When they weren’t in California, they lived in The Dalles, Ore. She joined a local Eagles pinochle club and enjoyed playing cards with her friend and daughter. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting for family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Pearl and Aurthur Smith; her precious sister, Beatrice Craytor; her husband, Lyle M. Brown; and two grandsons, Eddie and Jay Reed.
She is survived by her two children: son, Edward Reed of Boring, Ore. and daughter, Patricia Inman of The Dalles, Ore. and their spouses., as well as Lyle Brown’s daughters, Nina Brown of Eugene, Ore., Toby Charloe of Miami, Okla., Renee Naaz of Jamestown, ND, and their spouses. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Graveside service will be held at Odd Fellows Cemetery on Three Mile Rd. in The Dalles at 2:00 pm, March 22nd, 2014.
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