Dorothy Brown, 73, of Clarkfield, died on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, March 18, at the Clarkfield Lutheran Church in Clarkfield. Pastor Chris Zuraff officiated with interment at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Montevideo. .
Dorothy Mae (Anderson) Brown was born on May 11, 1939 at Goodridge, to Johannas and Margaret (Stensrud) Anderson. She was baptized at Goodridge Lutheran Church and confirmed at Clarkfield Lutheran Church. She graduated from Minneota High School in 1957. On December 5, 1959 she was united in marriage to Merlyn Brown. They farmed and she enjoyed farm life, helping Merlyn by driving tractor (sometimes with children and puppies in the tractor cab with her), driving truck, and providing big lunches to Merlyn and sons. Dorothy decided to make a change from working on the farm to working at Innovex in Montevideo and later at Schotts in Canby. She had a close group of friends from Innovex that she got together with on a regular basis after retirement. She always looked forward to spending time with these close friends. She also has many life-long friendships that were special to her.
Her interests included gardening, quilting, sewing, and Nascar races, always cheering on her favorite driver, Jeff Gordon. Her greatest joy was her family. She enjoyed spending time with her sisters, shopping, having coffee parties, and just sharing fond memories and laughing together. She looked forward to all family events, especially the annual Anderson Christmas party and summer Brown reunion, when she could visit with all extended family. Family was very important to her.
Her grandchildren and great grandchildren had a special place in her heart. She loved making them her famous strawberry jam, and they loved it too. According to the grandchildren, her jam was the best present ever. She always gave the grandchildren a special goodbye that they all remember. She would wave to them from the living room window or front deck, and they would wave back until they were out of sight.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Merlyn; children: Gregory (Robyn) Brown of Montevideo, Vicky (Terry) Willander of Clarkfield, Sherie (Philip) Hermann of Maple Grove, Mark (Becky) Brown of Albion, NE and Thomas (Kari) Brown of Hennepin, IL; fifteen grandchildren: Melissa (Allen) Anderson, Sarah (Matt) Van Gorp, Dustin (Aislinn) Willander, Nicole (Doug) Jans, Carlee Willander, Austin Hermann, Jessie Hermann, Cole Hermann, Megan (Kelly) Hunt, Cody (Serena) Brown, Clay Brown, Thomas Brown, Jr., Lauren, Madison and Brooklyn Brown; nine great-grandchildren: Jonas, Afton, Kiptyn, Emry, Avery, Hunter, Alexis, Aleigha, and Sophia; a brother, Arden (and Pat) Anderson of Montevideo; two sisters: Marlys (Archie) Froland of Clarkfield, and Bernice (Gene) Moseng of Monte-video; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Charles (Lois) Brown and Thomas (Meredith) Brown, both of Bemidji; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.
Page 2 of 2 - She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Gordon Anderson; her parents-in-law, Ray and Ida Brown; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lois and Paul Bergo and a brother-in-law Donald Norman.
The Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo was in charge of arrangements.