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2/15/2014
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Mrs. Patricia Coots Aug, 82 of Cornelius, NC died Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at her residence. Born September 8, 1931 in Hutchinson . . .  Continued

2/14/2014
Classmate Death Betty Carter Lingle
Sympathies to the Lingle families on the passing of our classmate Betty. February 1st 2014. God Speed Betty. We will miss youღ; . . .  Continued

2/14/2014
Classmate Death Avis Russow Curfman
Our sympathies to the families of Avis Russow Curfman on her passing February 2nd 2014. . . .  Continued

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Frances Pigg Brown


It was a privilege to have attended McPherson High, followed by Kansas State U at Manhattan. When I mention to local friends I hear from high school mates, also, college friends, and – AND – a boy that started first grade with me, they are impressed. First grade was at the original Turkey Creek School nine miles south of McPherson in the Voshell Field area, and the boy was John Smith. The same John Smith of Class of ’48. We re-connected at the 40th reunion and actually got together a couple of times when he was living in San Francisco. He later moved to Southern California. We still correspond. If he is in attendance of the reunion he will remember I owe him a letter.
One revelation I actually caught on to early in life, without having to do homework, was that we all have the capacity to put more and more love into our hearts and lives – for and from family, friends, acquaintances and persons of respect.
I remember McPherson County as a very diversified population when I was growing up. Recently I reviewed a book for my book group. I ended it by reciting a list of eight people with whom I had been in contact the previous day as I went about my errands, all of different ethnicity and culture. Each encounter enriched my day and added a dimension of respect, perhaps a touch of love. Sacramento, my county, has been noted as one of the most diversified in the nation.
Most of you know I have four kids – one daughter and three sons. One son married a Swedish born woman. Another married a woman from Ukraine. We do have very interesting conversations around the table about culture and customs. I claim my share of bragging rights on six grandchildren from college level to elementary school age. I have Grand-Fun!! Ask Phyllis Brown Goering how many great-grands she has. You may remember I married her brother, Donald Brown. His picture is in the “Class of ’45” yearbook. He was an engineer for Aero Space and later retired from Almond Growers of California. With no reservation, I want to tell you that Don was a truly fine man.
One last thought, if the class of ’48 donates a chair or two to the restored Opera House, please contact me for a donation. It would be nice to have a specially named “Class of ‘48” best seats in the The House. I think I heard other classes are doing this.

Francis' husband:In Remembrance of Donald Austin Brown
June 3, 1927 – January 03, 1999

    In this era, a seventy-one year old “Senior” is not that old; not young, but definitely not old either. Don lived a full life and put a lot of miles on his ballpoint pen. Of course, he remembered real ink filled pens with nostalgia, but being very progressive he was compatible with the computer age. All of his life’s work needed scratching out with pen or pencil - - even for a short time he would sketch it first. To Don, being dressed meant he had his pen. As math was his favorite hobby it seamed only reasonable that when asked to count backwards from one hundred by sevens, during one of his memory tests following radiation, he did it without a blink. Of course, he could have fooled the staff, but they were so sure he had it right they didn’t look in their answer book. There was one thing for which he didn’t need a pencil – when he learned to juggle oranges in his parents’ grocery store. Maybe a mop though!
    Building new trails at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico as a young Boy Scout was a highlight of his life. His parents helped him pack his necessary gear, but he equipped his pack with the important things - - paper, pencil, and pen. A diary with his daily log can be found among his records. Just before his graduation from high school, Don enlisted in the US Navy during World War II. He wanted to learn about ships, but only got “shipped” to the Philippines as part of a troop movement. Paper and pen were in short supply, but there were long hours of work. He enjoyed the work with diesel engines, and that is recorded well. When he headed for Kansas State University following his life as a soldier he learned, while on a blind date with Frances, that she was going to K-State too. Eventually they married and lived in Wichita, Kansas, until moving to Fair Oaks in a very foggy December. Where was sunny California? Fair Oaks was home for 35 years with Forrest, Valerie, Craig, and Phillip competeing for the use of Don’s pens and pencils. The computer was “fast lane” and he often called on his kids to speed him along on it; the old pen was the comfortable “slow lane” but just as effective - - if you could find the pen after the grandchildren visited. But they were so cute! Don loved all his most diversified family as well as his family of friends, and the work force family.
    One of his favorite lines was from a Pete Seeger folk song, and this is how he would pen it “So long, it’s been good to know you.”

Services were Monday January 11, 1999 @ Russ Monroe's Village Chapel, 7960 Winding Way, Fair Oaks, California. Services conducted by Rev. Lanny Garman, Chaplan for Mercy Hospice. Soloist Jimmy Parr (Friend of Family)Private Commital (cremation)

Donald passed away in Fair Oaks, CA on January 03, 1999. He is survived by his wife Frances; his sons, Forrest Brown and his partner Bonnie Mattison of El Cerrito, CA; Craig Brown and his wife Natalya, and her daughter Irinajoltukhovskava of Mountain View, CA; Phillip Brown and wife Tammy of Fair Oaks, CA; one daughter, Valerie Eilerts and husband Gregg of Campbell, CA; grandchildren Thomas, Renee, and Diane Eilerts, and Austin and Emily Brown; sister Phyllis Goering and her husband Lyle Goering of McPherson Kansas. Sisters in law Dona Dannelley of Hutchinson, KS, Salley Knapp of Irving Texas, Alice Schmidt and husband Lester of Gastonia, NC, numerous nephews, nieces, and friends. Mr Brown was a native of McPherson, Kansas, and was active in Boy Scout Troup 118 where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Following the service in the US Navy during World War II, he graduated from the school of Engineering at Kansas State University where he also played in the college Marching Band. Mr. Brown always considered his work as a professional engineer a challenging adventure which took him to diversified areas in the airplane, rocket, technological, and food and agriculture industries. He left Boeing Airplane Company of Wichita, Kansas, and with his family moved to Fair Oaks after being recruited by Aerojet General Corp. For a brief period he was associated with Memorex Corporation in Santa Clara before returning to the Sacramento area where he particularly enjoyed his work with Blue Diamond Growers. After his retirement he continued his work as an engineer consultant.
Don had cancer of the kidney.


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