Wilma Elsie Brown died March 12.

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.

A funeral service will be held at Faith Baptist Church of Burns on Saturday, March 23, at 1:30 p.m.

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.

Visit: www.lafolletteschapel.com  to sign the online guestbook and leave condolences to the family.

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