|Birth: ||Jul. 12, 1900|
|Death: ||Sep. 3, 1994|
Thelma was the third child born to Gilbert Irvin (Irv) Tiff and Abigail May Reed at the Reed family farm near Hadam, WA Co., KS. She grew up with her siblings, Laurence, Ethel, Enid and Roy Tiff.
Thelma was engaged to Judson Clark who lived near Hadam, KS. and he gave her a small ruby ring. One Sunday in the spring of 1918, he was playing softball, had a ruptured appendix and died.
She boarded in Hadam and went to High School there through her Junior year in 1918, when her parents sold their farm and moved to Wiggins, CO. Thelma went to Greeley for summer school, to get a teaching certificate as there was a teacher shortage, so this was allowed. Her old fiance's Uncle George W. Clark of Yuma, CO. obtained a school for her to teach at east of Yuma. Clark met her at the train and took her to the Smiley home, where she boarded.
On Sept. 24, 1918 she met Albert E. Brown, who had come to buy eggs at Smiley's. By spring they were engaged and married at the Denver court house on May, 26th, 1919. They returned to Yuma to live on Albert's homestead in a 3 room house with a porch. To this union four children were born, Cleo Albert, Arlene Thelma, Waunita May and Laberta Lee Brown.
Thelma was a busy farm wife, with a big garden and did lots of canning. She sewed all her daughters clothing and her own. Thelma went into the chicken business and hatched chickens from setting hens, then with a new incubator and sold baby chicks. She also raised turkeys. She was a wonderful cook and cooked for her family and the hired men. Her hobbies were crochet, embroidery, quilting, singing, playing the piano and loved and clipped out poetry from all sources.
In 1938 she joined the United Brethern Church, taught Sunday School, lead the singing and played the piano off and on.
In 1951, they bought a house in Yuma and moved to town to retire and their son Cleo and wife Jennie took over the farming. They later built a new house near the Yuma park.
Gilbert Irvin Tiff (1868 - 1925)
Abigail May Reed Tiff (1878 - 1960)
Albert Edward Brown (1890 - 1977)*
Cleo Albert Brown (1920 - 1993)*
Arlene Thelma Brown Jensen (1922 - 2014)*
Laberta Lee Brown Kier (1930 - 2008)*
Ethel Laura Tiff McCarty (1895 - 1977)*
Lawrence Raymond Tiff (1897 - 1962)*
Thelma Violet Tiff Brown (1900 - 1994)
Enid Leola Tiff Woods (Vogel) (1905 - 1998)*
Roy Vincent Tiff (1916 - 1992)*
Plot: # 260
Created by: Waunita M Herron
Record added: Jul 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39607874