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Betty Brown - April 05, 2012


Betty Joan Brown was born July 18, 1929, to Paul and Opal (Ireland) Eaton in Haxtun, Colo. Betty attended school in Chase County, graduating from Chase County High School in 1947.
Betty was united in marriage to Donald Brown on June 14, 1947 in St. Francis, Kan. The couple settled 30 miles northwest of Benkelman, Neb. where they lived until 1956, when they moved to their current farmstead. Betty kept busy with the common chores of a farm wife; in what free time there was, she taught school in the Crete and Hoover school systems, was a school bus driver for more than 27 years, was active as a 4-H leader for 28 years and gave piano lessons.
Betty was a faithful member of the United Presbyterian Church of Benkelman, Neb. as well as the Rollwitz Extension Club. She also made time for fishing, gardening and watching sports; especially Husker football. Betty was accomplished at sewing, crocheting and quilting; creating numerous works for friends and family in which her care and love live on.
Betty passed away Monday night, March 26, 2012, at the Chase County Community Hospital, Imperial, Neb. She was 82 years of age.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Richard Paul Eaton; and a granddaughter, Jessica Kautz.
Left to carry on her memory is her husband, Don Sr. of Parks, Neb.; son, Don Jr. and wife, Manette Brown of Imperial, Neb.; son, Ron and wife, Deb Brown of Yukon, Okla.; son, Mike and wife, Roxann of Mullen, Neb.; daughter, Julie Kautz of Gering, Neb.; daughter, Linda and husband, Neal Freese of Plymouth, Neb.; grandchildren: David Brown, Misty Richards, Stacy Paitz, Emily Brown, Casey Brown, Cody Gerlach, Levi Gerlach, Weston Gerlach, Joshua Kautz, Hanna Kautz, Mark Brown, Samantha Fhuere, Danny Brown and Steve Brown; great grandchildren: Shelby and Dash Richards, Madison and Myla Brown, Zachary and Ashley Brown, Wesley Brown, Lane and Kaylin Brown, Holdyn Fhuere, Micha and Asher Gerlach and Ethan Peck; sister, Darla McAllister of Hastings, Neb.; sister-in-law, Nina and husband, Art Fortkamp of Wauneta, Neb. and sister-in-law, Jean and husband, Don Welch of Champion, Neb.
Funeral services for Betty Brown were held at 10:30 a.m. (MT) Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the Benkelman Zion Lutheran Church, Benkelman, Neb. with Pastor Marcine Farmer PMA and Pastor George Matthews officiating.
Pianist was Mrs. Mary Baney and vocalists were Wayne and Marlyn Ferguson.
Pallbearers were Dave Brown, Steve Brown, Marc Brown, Danny Brown, Cody Gerlach, Levi Gerlach, Weston Gerlach and Joshua Kautz.
Honorary pallbearers were Misty Richards, Samantha Fhuere, Stacy Paitz, Casey Brown, Emily Brown, Hanna Kautz, Mike David and Curtis Graham.
Interment followed at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the United Presbyterian Church of Benkelman, Neb. or the Imperial Public Library of Imperial, Neb.
Online condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.