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Adelaida R. Brown
12/14/1947 — 05/18/2022
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Celebration of Life
Adelaida R. Brown
Adelaida Rojas-Reguma Brown, formerly of Mount Vernon, WA, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at her memory care facility (Rosetta Assisted Living) in Richland, WA. Adelaida (Leila) was born December 14, 1947, in Luna, Almagro Samar, Philippines. She married Elden LeRoy Brown in October 1973 and served alongside him as a US Navy spouse for 14 years in the Philippines, Guam, Japan, and Bangor WA. She made friends in each country and remained close to them throughout their lives. Their daughter, Eldena, was born in the Philippines in 1973 and their son, Sir Rasce, was born in Japan in 1975. Upon Elden’s retirement in 1987, the family settled in Oak Harbor, WA and Leila worked as a horticulturist at Northwest Horticulture (formerly known as Etera and Summersun) in Mount Vernon, WA for more than 20 years before retiring herself in 2010. After they divorced in 2000, her ex-husband’s family never abandoned her and to this day considers her a cherished daughter and sister.
Leila lived in the Oak Harbor and Mount Vernon area for approximately 32 years and enjoyed plants, crochet, puzzles, bowling, camping, fishing and she loved to cook Filipino food for all her friends and family. She was a huge fan of Elvis Presley; so much so that her little apartment was a living shrine to Elvis. She is preceded in death by her father Macario Rojas, mother Slaviana Reguma, grandmothers Merle Deardorff & Myrtle Brown, father in-law Ira E. Brown, brother in-law Donald Hulick and grandson Joseph A. Gray.
Leila is survived by her ex-husband Elden L. Brown, daughter Eldena A. Brown, son Sir Rasce E. Brown and his wife Jessica Brown, grandsons Sir Rune E. Brown and his wife Kathryn Skvarla, Jeremy J. Gray and his wife Michaela Gray, Paxton I. Brown and his wife Morgan Jessey-Brown, Christopher W. Gray, granddaughter Lyla K. Brown, great-grandsons Mitchell Brown, Coleson Brown, and Aiden Skvarla, great-granddaughters Addilyn Skvarla and Ariya Skvarla, mother in-law Mary Brown and sisters in-law Vivian Hulick, Christine Bauknecht and Patricia Paasch.
In her twilight years, Leila was moved out to Richland, WA to live with her son due to suffering from Alzheimer’s, which robbed her of her ability to function independently and of so many of her cherished memories of family and friends. In the 3 years Leila was in Richland she lived with her son until she was placed into a memory care facility that could provide her better daily care. Her son, family and friends continued to visit her up to her last days. Her last visit with family was with her son Sir Rasce on Mother’s Day, May 08, 2022. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. https://act.alz.org/donate.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2pm on June 11, 2022, at Einan’s at Sunset Gardens, 915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA 99352. Reception to be held at Leslie Grove Parks, 40 Park St, Richland, WA, at Shelter #5 which is close to Snyder St. following the Memorial Service until 7pm.
I will see you again Mom in the clearing at the the end of the path. I will hold you in my heart forever. I love you.