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01/01/1936 — 04/11/2020
From Richland, WA | Born in Holden, UT
Gloria Mae Stephenson Brown, age 84, passed peacefully from this mortal life April 11, 2020 and returned to her Heavenly home above. We are grateful that she is now free from her tired, worn out body, and is now reunited with beloved family and friends.
Gloria was born January 1, 1936 in Holden, Utah to Mark Stephenson and Bertha Bushnell. She had two older sisters whom she adored: Veleta and Margene. After her mother passed away when Gloria was 10 years old, her father married Vera Wagstaff McCleary, and Gloria gained two fine step brothers: Leon and Lynn.
Gloria grew up in the Salt Lake City, Utah area and attended Murray High School where she played the French horn in the marching band. She met her future husband, Donald Pratt Brown, when she was a sophomore in high school and he was a sophomore at the University of Utah. Don was working as a checker in a local grocery store where Gloria’s stepbrother, Leon, also worked. They married in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints April 7, 1955 a year after Gloria graduated from High School.
Don and Gloria lived in Washington D.C. for two years while Don worked for the NSA while serving in the USAF. Their first child, Donald Mark Brown, was born during this time. After their assignment was over, they moved to Richland, Washington where Don has worked with various companies over the years as an Electrical Engineer. They were blessed with five more children.
In the midst of her busy life, Gloria returned to school and earned an Associates of Arts and Sciences degree from Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington.
Gloria loved reading books, and instilled this love in all her children. She loved music, ice cream, watermelon, popcorn, root beer floats, boat rides on the Columbia River, sewing and gardening. But most of all Gloria loved her family, her friends, serving in the Seattle and Columbia River Temples with Don, family history work, teaching seminary, smiling at strangers, baking pies and cookies and bread to give to neighbors and friends. She loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, and many lives were touched as she shared her testimony and love to all through her example of service, charity and unconditional love.
Gloria leaves behind her loving and devoted husband, Donald Pratt Brown. Children: Donald Mark Brown (Nancy), Junice Woodworth (Robert), Carolyn Ross (John), Janet Gillis (Paul), Margene Clarke (Steven), Stephen Pratt Brown, and Lona Hillman Brown, 30 grandchildren, and 35 great-grandchildren.
We would like to thank all those who have expressed their love and given service to Gloria over the last couple of years as her health declined. May you always remember her smile, her testimony, and her love for you.
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Dear Brown Family,
My deepest condolences for your loss. From baby showers to funerals, Gloria’s warm smile, unfaltering faith, and loving presence were a true blessing during some of my family’s most significant events over the years. Thank you for sharing her; the world is a better place for it. She will be dearly missed.
Dear Brown Family~
I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing… I remember her always having the biggest smile and a greeting that left no doubt in your mind just how genuinely glad to see you she was.
When my mother passed years ago I received a card, from a close friend, the words I will never forget:
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
With deepest sympathy,
The family would like to hear your stories and memories of Gloria. Please send them to email@example.com . These stories will be put together in a book for the Celebration of Life service in July. Thank you so much.
For those wishing to relate a longer memory, you may email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. These memories will be compiled in a book for her celebration of life service in July.
Gloria means so much to me! I will never forget what her existence in my life did for me. No one else could have done what Gloria did. I love her.
Sister Brown was a wonderful seminary teacher to me many years ago. She was generous with treats at our early morning class, and we loved her. She was a very Christlike person who was loving and friendly to all.
Dear Brown family, Gloria was a wonderful example of one who loved Jesus Christ. I remember her service as Relief Society President—she loved all people and served them.
May Heavenly Father bless all of the family.
Sincerely, Craig Buchanan