Oct. 1, 1927-Jan. 28, 2004

LA GRANDE - Mildred Berniece Brown, 76, of Hood River, a retired teacher who grew up and attended schools in Stanfield, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at Hood River Care Center.

A celebration of life gathering will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church, 1612 Fourth St., in La Grande. A memorial service was held earlier in Hood River.

The second of three children, Mrs. Brown was born Oct. 1, 1927, at Akron, Colo., to Loren and Mary Hughes. She grew up and attended school at Stanfield through her high school years. She attended Oregon State University where she received bachelor's and master's degrees in home economics with a teaching certificate. She taught high school at Brownsville, and in a junior college in San Mateo, Calif.

She married and had two children, Diana Kay and Marlene Zoe. They lived in the California Bay Area for 12 years, and in 1969, she moved her girls to Hood River where she was county extension agent for a year. The next year, they moved to La Grande where she married Will Brown.

Mrs. Brown loved packing into the mountains. Hunting, fishing and teaching were her passions. She continued to teach small classes at a local fabric shop and enjoyed working one-on-one with her students.

In 1997 she moved to Hood River and became a resident at Hood River Care Center in October 1999.

It was said she had a generous spirit and a willingness to help others.

Survivors include her husband, Will Brown; daughters, Diana Beterbide of Hood River and Marlene Ladendorff of Corvallis; brother, Loren Hughes, of La Grande; sister, Beverly of Yuma, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy through Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.

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