BENKELMAN -- Viola E. Brown, 102, died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.
She was born Dec. 16, 1903, on her family's farm in Phillips County, Kan. She attended school in Benkelman with Hollywood actor Ward Bond.
On May 10, 1919, she married Ernest Foster Brown and to this union, eight children were born, all in Benkelman.
In addition to being loving wife and mother, she also worked as a cook at Youngton's Café in Benkelman for many years.
She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Leota Bradley; her husband, Ernie in 1971; her daughters, Virginia Slade, Hazel Arts, and Bonnie Sloggett; her son Ernest "Bud" Brown; sister, Mildred Anderson; and several close relatives.
She is survived by her daughters, Doris Hagerstown of Escondido, Calif., Violet Smith of Wiggins, Colo.; her sons, Robert Brown of Hill Rose, Colo., Jack Brown and wife, Charlene of Fort Morgan, Colo; 30 grandchildren; 76 grandchildren; 86 great-great-grandchildren and two great-great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves numerous other relatives, extended family and many friends.
Funeral services will be Friday 11 a.m. at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Robert Holland officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Visitation will be today until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral chapel in Benkelman.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.