NORTH PLATTE -- Idella R. Brown, 88, of Benkelman, died Sunday (Jan. 11, 2004) at Linden Court Care Center in North Platte.
She was born Jan. 21, 1915, to Earl and Clara White in Idaho Springs, Colo. She came with her parents to Chase County in 1917. She attended rural grade school southwest of Champion and graduated from Chase County High School in 1932.
On July 5, 1932, she married Kenneth Brown. The couple farmed in the Chase County area for two years. In 1934, they moved to a farm north of Parks, where they spent all their married life. She had worked in Benkelman at Dundy County Hospital as a nurses aid. In 1965, she worked as Deputy Treasurer in Dundy County until she retired in 1977. Her husband, Kenneth passed away in May 5, 1995. She moved to the Sara Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman in March of 2000.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Parks and Benkelman, the Order of Eastern Star Holly Chapter No. 233 of Benkelman and various civic and social groups in the area. She was a recipient of the Meritorious Service Award by the Dundy County Extension Service for her work with 4-H clubs in the area.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Clara White; her husband, Kenneth; her brothers, Kenneth White, Clarence White and K.Z. Earl; two sisters, Helen White and Betty Lee; daughter, Carol Cline; and one grandson, Dustan Wright.
Survivors include her daughters, Velda Wright and husband, Radean of rural Bird City; son, Dan of rural Parks; two granddaughters and a grandson; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services are Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at Benkelman United Methodist Church with the Rev. Norman Prather officiating. Interment will be in the Benkelman Cemetery. The casket will remain closed.
Friends may call Forch Funeral Chapel today, 2-6 p.m.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of the arrangements.