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Hilma M. Brown

Sept. 12, 1924 - March 20, 2017


Hilma Brown of Marysville, WA, died unexpectedly on Monday, March 20, 2017.

Hilma was born September 12, 1924 on her family's farm in Smokey Point, WA. She was a graduate of Arlington High School and a life-long resident of Snohomish County.

Being raised during the Depression, Hilma was taught the virtue of hard farm work and strong Christian values.

She wished to serve others and her community, earning her nursing degree at the Swedish Hospital Nursing Program. Through the program, Hilma gained life-long friends and a cherished career.

Always a nurse, Hilma continued volunteering as a Hospice nurse after her retirement, winning the honor of Snohomish County Volunteer of the Year.

On November 1, 1947, she married Edward N. Brown and spent the next 67 years in a loving marriage. Together she and Edward raised four children: Harry, Anne, Ted and Paul.

Edward preceded her in death on August 31, 2015 and Ted preceded her in death on March 8, 1997.

Hilma is survived by her children: Harry (Sally), Anne (Gary), (Gloria) and Paul, along with her seven grandchildren: Ryan, Edward, Robert, Lyn, Marina, Kai and Nicholas; plus two great-grandchildren and extended family.

Hilma will always be missed for being the loving mom that she was: happiest when the family was gathered together for a barbecue on her front lawn, or playing a good game of Scrabble. Everyone loved to be at Hilma's in part because she was an excellent cook.

Hilma leaves her family a strong sense of love, duty and right-living. For this, she will always be honored.

Services will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Marysville, WA on April 1, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. with a gathering of family and friends to follow at the family home.

Any charitable contributions may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

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