Bertha Brown (sponsored obituary)
Bertha “Bert” Brown
Born August 30, 1919 in Rupert, Idaho to Villa and Walter Kelly.
She was 3 years old when her family of seven traveled to California from
Idaho with all of their belongings in a Model-T Ford. The roads were dirt
except for a stretch through Twin Falls, Idaho that was oiled. Her family
settled in Santa Rosa but moved around some before settling in Nevada City
with her mother and stepfather, Villa and Roy Beetle. She was blessed to
have three brothers and a sister that she cherished. She would tell stories
of how her brother Carl took care of her and never complained about her
tagging along. She loved to go shopping with her sister, Cecil, and enjoyed
endless hours just talking.
She was a graduate of Nevada City High School in 1939.
Bert met the love of her life, Melvin Andrew Brown on New Years Eve 1936 at
the dance hall in LaBarr Meadows. She was dancing with a friend of Melvin’s
when she caught his eye. He made a decision to tap his friends shoulder to
cut in and asked Bert to dance. That evening Melvin told his friend he was
going to marry that girl!
Two years later, they married on September 10, 1939 in Reno, Nevada &
started a family on the Brown Ranch in Penn Valley. They had 3 children:
Sandra, Lee & Barbara. They were blessed with 10 grandchildren. In return,
the grandchildren blessed them again with 20 great-grandchildren to complete
Melvin and Bert enjoyed dancing and spending time with their family. The
family would have picnics in the spring, and they would always talk about
spending time on the lake. They were fortunate enough to travel within the
United States; to Alaska, Florida, Niagara Falls, NY and many more places.
All by car because Melvin refused to fly. Both of them enjoyed taking their
Sunday drives, visiting family, friends and going out to eat.
Bert was so proud of her family. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school and was
a 4-H leader for cooking & sewing. Her home was always filled with kids,
and she enjoyed every moment of it. She was an amazing Christian woman and
shared her belief with many. She was truly an inspirational woman.
When their family grew, spending time with the grandchildren was Grandma
Bert’s priority. She enjoyed taking them to Sunday school, cooking for
them, teaching them how to drive and encouraging all of them to live by
God’s word. The great-grandchildren truly made her life complete. She made
sure she was there to hold every new bundle of joy.
The Brown family would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to all of
those who so generously sent all the beautiful flower arrangements and cards
in memory of Bert Brown.
A huge “thank you” to the Penn Valley Community Church members for their
wonderful reception, Pastor Tom Gregoire for the great service in her honor,
Hooper & Weaver for their sincere help and compassionate guidance through
our grieving, Pearson’s Feed Store, Floral Boutique in Nevada City and a
special “thank you” to everyone who came and spent the day with us in honor
of her life. She was truly a wonderful Christian lady that we will all
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