ATWOOD, Kansas -- Bertha M. Brown, 81, died Wednesday (June 26, 2013), at the Rawlins County Health Center with her family at her side.
She was born Feb. 2, 1932, in Oakley, Kansas, to Pleasant and Reida Jane (Carpenter) Fossett.
On Nov. 27, 1949, she married Earl Brown in Norton, Kansas. They were engaged in farming and dairying on the family farm until Earl's death in 1996.
She worked at several restaurants, the Atwood Cheese Plant, as a bus driver for USD No. 18, and as cook at Rawlins County Hospital. She volunteered at many organizations and was a member of Rebekah Lodge No. 331, the United Methodist Church and several other organizations.
She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter-in-law, Carol Brown; and siblings, Lorna Nelson, Alfred Fossett, Clifford Fossett, Emery Fossett, Vera Laurent and Inez (Nyland) Manzer.
Survivors include her children, Steven Brown of Atwood, David and wife, Reta Brown, all of Atwood, Patricia and husband, Greg Holthus of McCook, Nebraska, and James and wife, Robin Brown of Atwood; brothers and sisters, Bud and wife, Linda Lou Fossett of Atwood, Jack and wife, Cynthia Fossett of Beeville, Texas, Kay and husband, Wilbur Brown of Atwood, and Carol and husband, Jim Williams of Bird City, Kansas; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are Tuesday, 11 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Atwood with the Rev. Connie Wooldridge officiating. Interment will be at the Buelah Cemetery in Colby, Kansas.
Visitation is Monday 4-8 p.m., with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials have been established at the Rawlins County Health Center and the United Methodist Church, both in Atwood.
Williams Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of arrangements.