|Birth: ||Nov. 30, 1888|
|Death: ||Jul. 7, 1973|
Grandmother of my husband, Dennis Brown.
Edna, the daughter of John Henry & Ella Rebecca (Sparks) Smith, was born in Centerville, Klickitat Co, WA, on November 30, 1888. She had two older siblings, Frederick Arthur, born February 25, 1883, and Grace, born July 4, 1885.
Her father was well respected and was a prominent citizen of Klickitat county.
Edna's mother died in Centerville on September 29, 1892, about two months before her fourth birthday. On October 16, 1895, her father married Anna McKillup. Anna died on February 25, 1902, when Edna was 13 years old. John purchased a large impressive monument to mark the Smith family plot. His name was inscribed on the front; the names of his wives were inscribed on each side, facing their tombstones.
Edna & George William Brown were married in Centralia, Lewis Co, WA, on July 1, 1906. George had lived in Centralia most of his life and was a handyman who worked as a machinist, mechanic, & repaired radios.
Their first son, Loren Wayne, was born on October 20, 1907. He was followed by Gerald Lee on September 18, 1911.
In 1915 George was working as a machinist, and by 1928 he & his son, Loren, who was 21 years old, were partners in the Browns Service Station & Auto Repair. By 1930 George was in the radio repair business.
Gerald was the first of their sons to marry. His marriage to Charlotte May Phillips took place on February 3, 1934. They had one son, Gerald, known as Jerry.
In 1935 Edna's father became ill and came from Goldendale to live with them so she could help care for him. He died on August 5, 1935, and his body was transported back home, where he was buried beside his beloved wife, Ella.
Edna and George's son, Loren, was married to Agnes Charlotte Self in Yelm, Thurston Co, WA, on February 8, 1936. They had two sons, Dennis Wayne and Ronald Gene.
In 1937 George owned and operated Browns Radio Service from their home at 716 W. Main.
Tragedy struck the family when Edna & George's son, Gerald, was killed in an auto accident on September 26, 1938. George purchased eight grave plots in Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery. Gerald was the first to be buried there.
Up until around the mid 1940's George owned Browns Radio Service. Later they moved to Cinebar where they owned a small farm and from there to Offutt Lake near Tenino.
Their son, Loren, died in a Tacoma hospital on May 8, 1960, and was the second to be buried in the family plot.
George died on August 7, 1960.
"A Pioneer Centralian, George W. Brown, died Sunday in an Olympia Hospital at the age of 81. Brown was born June 4, 1879, in Rushville, Ind., and moved to the Lewis County area in 1888. He had been a resident on Route 5, Olympia, for the past eight years. He was a member of the First Modern Woodmen of America. Survivors include his widow Edna L. Brown, at the family home; one sister, Mrs. W.L. Bronson, Route 5, Olympia, and three grandchildren."
Edna died on July 7, 1973.
MRS. EDNA L. BROWN
"Mrs. Edna L. Brown, 84, died Friday at a Tacoma nursing home where she had lived the past two years. She was born Nov. 30, 1888, in Goldendale, and had been a former 10-year resident of the Offutt Lake area, near Tenino. She was a member of the Christian Church and the Centralia Rebekah Lodge. Surviving are three grandsons, Dennis Brown, Arvada, Colo.; Ronald Brown, Bremerton, and Gerald Vammen, Seattle. Graveside services will be Wednesday, 3 p.m., at Greenwood Memorial Park, Centralia. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynn Funeral Home, Tacoma."
John Henry Smith (1856 - 1935)
Ella Rebecca Sparks Smith (1864 - 1892)
George William Brown (1879 - 1960)*
Loren Wayne Brown (1907 - 1960)*
Gerald Lee Brown (1911 - 1938)*
Frederick Arthur Smith (1883 - 1961)*
Grace May Smith Bird (1885 - 1971)*
Edna Lee Smith Brown (1888 - 1973)
Greenwood Memorial Park
Created by: Virginia Brown
Record added: Mar 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34975513