Georgia Brown

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Georgia Brown

On June 25, 2018, Georgia Brown left her family here on this earth to join her family in heaven. She passed unexpectedly and quickly in the home she was hesitant to leave. For those who knew her well, the thought, “She lived her life on her own terms and went out the same way,” lingers when trying to make sense of the suddenness of her passing.

Georgia was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 5, 1932, and grew up along the beach, often swimming the shoreline with Johnny Weissmuller, the original Tarzan. As an adventurous young woman she participated in such things as competitive roller skating and driving dirt track stock cars.

On Dec. 7, 1956, she married the love of her life, Merle D. Brown, in Eugene, Ore. As a young couple they moved up and down the Western States, following Merle’s horse training career while Georgia worked as a waitress and cook contributing to her family and the dream of owning a ranch. Finally, in 1967 they settled in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where the dream was realized when they bought the Burton Selkirk ranch. For more than 40 years Georgia and Merle worked side by side to raise Quarter Horses, registered Herford cattle, and a family. Regarding her tireless work ethic, at times one could hear Georgia say, “I might take longer and do it different than the men, but I’ll damned sure get it done!” And get it done she did!

Georgia loved her family and friends and embraced strangers with an open and giving heart. She was noted for expressing her love with from-scratch meals and deserts. Everyone had a favorite, especially her pies, and she would lovingly make each person their special treat whenever they came to visit.

Georgia had four children, William Brown, Georgia Merlene Brown Greenway (Kevin), Julia Starling Brown, and Charlene Brown Wells (Paul). She also had five grandchildren, Jessica Brown Chumbley, Melinda Greenway Edge, Heath Wells, Samantha Wells Freeman, and Spencer Wells, and great-grandchildren, Nick, Evan, Weston, Heidi, JD, and Stella.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Merle, and daughter Julia.

May the peace and freedom from pain she so desperately deserves be with her.

Services will be held at a later date.

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