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Helen Brown - March 10, 2011

Helen Josephine Peterson Brown was born on June 28, 1919, to Axel M. and Lena M. (Robb) Peterson at the Peterson Ranch north of Haigler, Neb.
Helen graduated from Laird High School in 1937 and attended some college classes at Denver University in Denver, Colo.
After numerous moves during the early years of marriages to Bud Traxler (June 24, 1942), and later to Clarence Odell (May 12, 1956), Helen finally sold her holdings north of Wray, Colo. when she married Bob Brown on June 5, 1970, and became part owner and partner in the Brown Ranch on the hill north of Haigler and south of Champion, Neb.
Bob and Helen retired from farming and ranching in the spring of 1996 and bought a home in Imperial, Neb., where Helen continued to live.
Helen’s hobbies over the years have consisted of horseback riding in the early years, followed by the care and love for all animals, gardening, crocheting and knitting.
While living on the Brown Ranch, Helen had chickens, ducks, geese, peacocks, guineas, pigs, goats, bottle calves and even a llama and a donkey. Of course there were always some horses too.
Helen was preceded in death by her second husband, Clarence Odell in 1970; first husband, Alva (Bud) Traxler in 1993; and her late husband, Bob Brown in 2007. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Hoyt, Amel, Elmer, Leigh and Carl and one sister Fern. Also preceding Helen in death is one son, Thomas Lee Traxler, who died in 2001; stepdaughter, Gwenn Ellis; grandsons, Elliott Dowlin, Billy Jo Pawnee; granddaughters, Candy Jo Westrand and Peggy Sue Pawnee.
Helen passed away Wednesday morning, March 2, 2011, at the Chase County Community Hospital, Imperial. She was 91 years of age.
Survivors include one sister, Dorothy, and husband, Harry Blecha, of Wray, Colo.; daughter, Karen Liptrap, and husband, Bob, of Pueblo West, Colo.; son, Steven D. Traxler, and wife, Brenda, of Aurora, Colo., and son, Craig J. Odell and wife, Dee, of Gurley, Neb.; stepson, Stan Brown, and wife, Judy, of Lincoln, Neb., and stepdaughter, Mable Jensen, and husband, Tony, of Sterling, Colo. Helen lived with the Ross Dowlin family after her sister, Fern, passed and assisted in the care and rearing of the Dowlin children. Those children are Charles Edwin Dowlin, Phillip Dean Dowlin, Carol Lynn Ulrich and Kenneth Everett Dowlin; 23 grandchildren, Michael Dell Anderson, Anthony Wayne Anderson, Alan Dale Traxler, Lindsey Renae Traxler, Krystle Ann Odell, Jodie Ja Ewald, Angie Rae Odell, Kerry Dowlin, Patrick Dowlin, Deanne Dowlin, Michael Dowlin, Darren Ulrich, Stephanie Skinner, Kevin Dowlin, Kristopher Dowlin, Melissa Brown, Tami Ruch, Jerry Westrand, Carolyn Pawnee and Sam Pawnee; numerous great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services for Helen Brown were held Saturday morning, March 5, 2011, 10:30 a.m. at the Champion Community Center, Champion, Neb., with Martin Harmon officiating.
Mr. Kim Silvester was soloist and played guitar.
Interment followed at the Crete Cemetery, Champion.
A memorial has been established to the Imperial Senior Center.
Online condolences can be left at
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.