May 9, 1917-Oct. 1, 2003

PENDLETON - The funeral for Sarah Eloise Hutchens Brown will be 2 p.m. Monday in the chapel at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton with interment at Skyview Memorial Park, Highway 395, south of Pendleton.

Mrs. Brown, 86, of Pendleton, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at her home.

She was born May 9, 1917, at Harpster, Idaho, to John F. and Mertie Chase Hutchens. The family moved to Southern Idaho, near Hegler, where they homesteaded until she was 8 years old. They then moved to Grangeville, Idaho, where they lived until she graduated from high school in 1935.

In 1937, she married William R. Brown at Grangeville. Her son, William Jr., was born in 1938, and her second son, John, was born in 1939. The family followed road construction work that took them throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. In 1979, the construction led back to Oregon where they made their home after Mr. Brown's retirement.

The Browns had enjoyed panning for gold on a claim on the South Fork of the Clearwater River in the mountains of Northern Idaho. Several of their friends from the Kendrick, Idaho, and Stites, Idaho, areas spent time with the couple on their claim.

At one time, Mrs. Brown had worked for J.C. Penney Company at Pasco, and was bookkeeper for the construction business the Browns had established and managed for several years.

After getting acquainted at the Senior Center in Pendleton, Mrs. Brown formed many friendships with those at the center. She also worked at the center store and helped out at the senior center until her health forced her to remain at home. She invited friends to visit her at home and work on craft projects. She collected clocks and dishes, crocheted, and loved to garden, she could make anything grow.

Her husband, William R. Brown Sr., died in December 1991.

Survivors include sons, Bill Jr., and his wife, Marlene of Pilot Rock; and Jack of Juliaetta, Idaho; a brother, Bryan Hutchens of Kennewick, Wash.; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Richard Brown, who died in a logging accident, by a great-grandson, Random Moss, who drowned in Camas Creek, by her husband, Bill, her parents, a sister and two brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Oregon.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

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