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Helen Louise Brown, 86, of La Grande, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 29, 2004, at a La Grande care center.
Her graveside service was Nov. 1 at the Island City Cemetery. Mark Schlessman of the First Christian Church in La Grande officiated. Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Brown was born on Feb. 11, 1918, to Jack W. and Mabel Clara Vest Emerson at Wallowa. She was the descendant of early Wallowa County pioneers, William Harvey Vest and Ellen Mollissia Cole.
She attended elementary school in Baker City for a year and graduated from La Grande High School with the Class of 1936. She married Harold Edgar Brown on May 26, 1936, at Walla Walla.
She worked in the lab at St. Joseph Hospital and at the La Grande Clinic from 1960 to 1977 when she retired.
She moved to Alaska to spend time with her sister for a short time where she worked at a dress shop. She went to Las Vegas and Milton-Freewater before returning to La Grande.
She enjoyed crocheting afghans and spending time with her family.
Survivors include a son, Robert H. Brown of Echo; grandchildren, Robert Harold Brown and Barbara Jean Nagy; great-grandchildren, James Arthur Goleman, Carl Mathew Goleman and Lee Harold Counsel; three great-great-grandchildren; granddaughter-in-law and caretaker, Pamela Counsel; cousins, Velma Hescock, Clarence Trump, William Trump and Gerald Trump and other relatives.
Her husband died on July 11, 1977. She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret V. Bolton and Edith Martin; and a brother-in-law, Carrol R. Bolton.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, December 3, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor