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 Edna Lee <I>Smith</I> Brown

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Edna Lee Smith Brown

  • Birth 30 Nov 1888 Centerville, Klickitat County, Washington, USA
  • Death 20 Jul 1973 Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Centralia, Lewis County, Washington, USA
  • Memorial ID 34975513

Edna was the grandmother of my husband, Dennis Brown. It was my pleasure to meet her for the first time on our trip to the west coast in the summer of 1964. I was impressed by her friendliness and welcome into the family. A deep regret is that I didn't have the privilege of getting to know her better. I only knew her through the eyes of my husband who had spent many summers with his grandparents.

1 Edna Brown (from Edna's album)
2 Fred, Edna, & Grace Smith (provided by Ronald Croft, 3 grandson of Grace Smith Cooper)
3 Starting to School (from Edna's album)
Edna Lee Smith standing in front of teacher. Fred Arthur, her brother, on left with bicycle.

Edna Lee's parents were:
John Henry Smith (1856 - 1935)
Ella Rebecca Sparks Smith (1864 - 1892)

Edna & siblings:
Frederick Arthur Smith (1883 - 1961)*
Grace May Smith Bird (1885 - 1971)*
Edna Lee Smith Brown (1888 - 1973)

Edna's father was a prominent & well respected citizen of Klickitat county. Her 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 of his stone, facing their tombstones.

On June 14, 1900,
Edna L., age 11, lived with her father John & step-mother, Anna Smith, ages 43 & 34, who were renting a home in Goldendale, Klickitat Co, WA. Other members of the family included Edna's siblings, Grace & Fred.
Household Members
John H Smith 43 (born in MO - June 1856)
Anna Smith 34 (born in MO - Oct. 1865
Fred A Smith 17 (born in WA - Feb. 1883)
Grace M Smith 14 (born in WA - July 1885)
Edna L Smith 11 (born in WA - Nov. 1888)

Edna married George William Brown in Centralia, Lewis Co, WA, on July 1, 1906. They had a double wedding with her sister, Grace.

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.

Centralia Daily Chronicle
Friday, August 9, 1935
The death of John H. Smith, 79, of Goldendale, who came here two months ago, occurred last night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George W. Brown, on South Pearl street, and followed a lingering illness. Two other children, F.A. Smith, Goldendale, and Mrs. H.D. Bird, Turlock, Calif., two brothers, S.D. Smith, Wappalo, and L.B. Smith, Los Angeles; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren survive.

The deceased was a member of the Masonic lodge at Goldendale and of the W.O.W.

The body was removed to the mortuary of Sticklin and Sons, from where it will be sent this evening to Goldendale for funeral services and interment."

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 20, 1973.
"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."

Family Members


  • Created by: Virginia Brown
  • Added: 19 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34975513
  • Virginia Brown
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edna Lee Smith Brown (30 Nov 1888–20 Jul 1973), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34975513, citing Greenwood Memorial Park, Centralia, Lewis County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Virginia Brown (contributor 47053782) .