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Obituary of Margaret Brown

Margaret Brown passed away July 13, 2014 at her home in Grass Valley. She was 81.

According to request, no services will be held.

Mrs. Brown was born August 7, 1932 in Merced County, Calif. to Frank and Mary Silva. She was the fifth of eight children. She attended Elim Elementary. She graduated from Hilmar Union High School in 1950. On March 22, 1952, she married Riley E. Brown in Las Vegas, Nev.

At a very young age she knew that she wanted to be a nurse. Mrs. Brown answered her calling by graduating from Sierra College in 1976 with her L.V.N. degree. She worked at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for 14 years where she earned the very first “Employee of the Year Award” for her dedicated service to her patients. She was naturally compassionate, giving, and caring. On many occasions, she would sit with critically ill patients on her days off. Mrs. Brown worked for Dr. Richard Hogan at his internal medicine practice in Grass Valley before retiring in 1992.

Prior to working at the hospital, she was self-employed as a licensed day care provider for children in her home.

Mrs. Brown enjoyed nature and “God’s beautiful creations.” She adored and cared for her three beloved dogs and many cats on her acre.

She will be missed by her family, friends, and neighbors. She would often mention how blessed she felt to have friends and neighbors who cared so much to check-in and lend a helping hand. Mrs. Brown appreciated their kindness. We will miss her marvelous sense of humor, laughter, quick wit, and her wisdom.

She is survived by daughter, Rileyne E. and husband Bruce Behrman of Fair Oaks; daughter, Cynthia L. Sher of Pueblo, Colo.; sisters, Mary Cancimilla of Turlock, Calif., Marianna Moles of Hilmar, Calif.; grandchildren, Matthew and Mark Behrman of Fair Oaks, John-Michael Sher of Nederland, Texas, Rebekah Vega of Baytown, Texas, Josiah Sher of Canyon City, Colo., 14 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Riley, her parents; three brothers, Joe, Johnny and David Silva and two sisters Madeline Constable and Rose Baptista.

Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Save and Sammie’s Friends.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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