Wilma Brown

Born: Sun., Jun. 11, 1916
Died: Tue., Mar. 12, 2013


Funeral Service

1:30 PM Sat., Mar. 23, 2013
Location: Faith Baptist Church


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Wilma Brown, 96 died on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at a local care facility in Hines.  A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Hines, Oregon.  Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Ontario.

She was born to William E. and Louise Williams Brown on June 11, 1916, in Ontario.

Wilma grew up on a farm near Ontario, where her father grew wheat, barley and alfalfa. She attended Valley View Grade School and Ontario High School, graduating in 1934.

She had one brother, Arthur, and two younger sisters, Bethel and Elna. They enjoyed wonderful growing-up years on the farm with a large extended family surrounding them.

Due to the lengthy illness of her father, Wilma was not able to attend college as planned. She enrolled in a correspondence course while working for the Malheur County Library and obtained her degree in library science. She spent her career working for and then managing the Malheur County Library until her retirement in 1984.

Wilma was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ontario her entire life. She served as church clerk for many years and taught Sunday school to 4- and 5-year-olds for almost 50 years.

Wilma had a fruitful life, enjoying her family, following her career choice and serving the Lord. She loved books and music, especially classical. She was a good storyteller, and enjoyed telling Bible stories to her Sunday school students, historical stories to women’s and senior groups and reading stories to her many nieces and nephews.

After her father’s death in 1939, Wilma lived with her mother, Louise, caring for her in her declining years until her death in 2001. Wilma then moved from Ontario to Burns in 2002, where she lived with her sister and brother-in-law, Bethel and Larry Asmussen.

Due to declining health, she moved to The Aspens Living Center in 2011, where she lived until her death.

Wilma is survived by her brother, Arthur Brown of Milwaukie; sisters, Bethel Asmussen of Burns and Elna Peach of Keizer; and numerous nieces and nephews of several generations.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Louise Brown.

Contributions in her memory can be made to Harney County Home Health in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

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Joan Richter Wright
   Posted Wed March 20, 2013
My goodness!!! I am 80 years old and went to Ontario Schools AND the Malheur Library. I remember Wilma and her checking books out for us as does my husband who knew her too. I picked up the paper and immediately saw and knew her. Such a wonderful and knowledgable person she was. God Bless her as Gods' newest angel. I believe!!!

Janet Rader Clark
   Posted Wed March 20, 2013
I graduated from OHS in 1947 and also worked with Wilma after school; she was so very helpful. I also remember after my parents passed away, it was nessessary to give away many of my Dad's books, and Wilma called their home while I was still in town to tell me she found a $20.00 bill in one book; he apparently used it as a bookmark.

Betha Kagayama
   Posted Sun March 24, 2013
My deepest Sympathy to you Wilmas family. but she was met by Jesus and her parents.
Wilma taught my children in SS, she was especially kind and worked with my Autistic son. Wilma and Mrs Andrews were the wonderful pair.
I was so glad that Wilma was not here when the church had the big blow up which split the church, it was hard on we who had been members for 50 years,
Wilma was a silent saint, she took minutes for years, she was a
hard one to follow.
Blessings to all of you her family, she will be greatly missed. In Christian Love Betha Kagayama

Mina Bender
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
Dear Mr. and Mrs Asmussen, I worked with Wilma and Miss Nesbit in the Malheur County Library from 1948 to 1952. She was so kind, knowledgeable and patient. She was the one who showed me what to do and helped me so much. We exchanged Christmas Cards ever since. She was a truly remarkable lady and loved every one of us (I felt). One of the things I remember about her, was her ability to pick out books for people and know they would be read. She just seemed to have this God given ability to help others. I will miss her even though we hadn't seen each other for a long time.

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