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 Roena <I>Lester</I> Brown

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Roena Lester Brown

  • Birth 3 Nov 1880 Richburg, Allegany County, New York, USA
  • Death 20 Feb 1982 Coudersport, Potter County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Richburg, Allegany County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 68068382

Wife of Rufus Lincoln (R.L.) Brown & Mother to Rufus Middaugh (R.M.) Brown

*Daughter of Crandall Lester

BROWN, Roena (Lester) [source unknown, date unknown, 2/--/1982] – OBITUARY

“Mrs. Roena Brown

Roena L. Brown, formerly of 34 E. State St., died Saturday (Feb. 20, 1982) at the skilled nursing facility at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, Pa.

Mrs. Brown was 101 years old, and a descendant of the first settlers of the Richburg area, where she was born on Nov. 3, 1880, a daughter of Crandall and Frances Richardson Lester.

She was the widow of Rufus L. Brown, whom she married in 1899. They had two sons, both deceased.

She had lived in Richburg, Indiana, Oklahoma and Rochester, prior to moving to Wellsville, where she lived for 40 years. In Wellsville, she had managed the former Hotel Fassett and also owned and operated the former Wellsville Hotel. She had been employed by J. W. Embser Sons for 25 years.

Her ancestors were among the original settlers of Richburg. Her father drilled the first oil well on the Harding lease in 1881. Several oil leases were operated by her family during the early days of the discovery of oil in Richburg.

She was a member of Brookside Wesleyan Church in Wellsville.

She is survived by a niece, Lucille Whittenhall of Lecando, Fla.; two great-grandnieces, Mrs. Gus Rigas of Wellsville and Mrs. Joseph Beyers of Gross Point, Mich.; and a great-grandnephew, Donald Lester of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Embser Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Alton J. Shea of Houghton and the Rev. Gordon Chapman of Brookside Wesleyan Church officiating.

Burial will be in Richburg Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.”

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  • Created by: Michael Eugene Shaner
  • Added: 8 Apr 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 68068382
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Roena Lester Brown (3 Nov 1880–20 Feb 1982), Find A Grave Memorial no. 68068382, citing Richburg Cemetery, Richburg, Allegany County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Michael Eugene Shaner (contributor 47334649) .