Charline Mary Brown


(July 7, 2004)

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, July 7 at First Southern Baptist Church in Powell for Charline Mary (Stingley) Brown, who died Saturday, July 3 at Powell Valley Hospital. She was 85.

She was born July 15, 1918, in Haxton, Phillips County, Colo., the eldest of six children of Andrew and Martha Loretta (Curtis) (Edgar) Stingley. She joined an older half-brother, Joe Edgar, and sister, Barbara (Edgar) Clark.

Siblings who followed were Barnard, James Oral, Charley, Audry and Paul. She moved with her family to the Powell area in 1934.

She attended Powell High School in 1934 and 1935 and married Virgil Elmer Brown on March 18, 1936. During the war years, they lived in Long Beach, Calif.

They were owners of a sand and gravel trucking business, a concrete block manufacturing plant and the "Brownie's Trailer Court," where she worked as a dispatcher and bookkeeper for all of the businesses. In 1956, they moved the trucking business back to Long Beach and returned to Powell in 1957.

She also worked as a private duty nurse for the Powell Hospital. She was associated with the American Red Cross, as a Gray Lady, and was a life-long member of the Riverside Homemakers Club.

A devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she loved her family and was always there for them in a time of need. She loved cooking and baking and was a blue-ribbon seamstress.

Survivors include her children and spouses, Maynard and Evelyn Brown of Powell, Joan and Robert Rom of Big Timber, Mont., Ronie and Connie Brown of Lincoln, Neb., Janie and John Bramhall of Santa Fe, N.M., and Keith and Nancy Brown of Hamilton, Mont.; brothers Joe Edgar of Powell, and James Oral of Worland; sister Audry Willock of Renton, Wash.; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.