Obit: Brown, Laura E. (1853 - 1916)
Surnames: BROWN DUTTON WILLIAMS MCBRIDE GRAY WEST
----Source: Clark County Republican & Press (Neillsville, Wis.) 06/15/1916
Brown, Laura E. (10 MAY 1853 - 11 JUN 1916) Laura Emma Brown, the daughter of George and Minerva Dutton, was born in Wellsville, N.Y., May 10, 1853. She came to Neillsville, Clark County with her parents in 1869. On Sept. 17, 1872, she was married to Mr. Albert Brown. Mr. and Mrs. Brown lived in Neillsville until 1877, when they moved to Arapaho, Neb. Mr. Brown died in 1879, and one daughter, Frances, now Mrs. H.E. Williams of Granton, was born to this union.
On Sept. 14, 1888 Mrs. Brown was married to Mr. LaMont Brown, who died Nov. 19, 1903. Besides her daughter, Mrs. Brown leaves two grandchildren, Douglas McBride and LaMont Leslie McBride, and two brothers, Wilbur and John Dutton, both of Springfield, Mo., and two sisters, Mrs. A.E. West of Kenware, N.D. and Mrs. James Gray of Everett, Wash.. She died at the home of her daughter, at six o’clock Sunday morning, Jun 11, 1916.
Mrs. Brown was for many years a beloved member of the Congregational Church of Neillsville, and before that time had been a member of the Episcopal Church. Until her health failed she was a regular attendant and helper in all the activities of the church. Her class of girls in Sunday school is still called "Mrs. Brown’s Class", although sickness has kept her at home for some months.
She loved and studied the Bible and kept it at hand for constant reference. She was always faithful to her friends and ready to help any who needed her. Her pleasant home was always ope to her friends and was the scene of many happy social gatherings. She was fond of young people and was always young in spirit and looked much younger than she was. Full of life and activity and having much to make this life dear to her she was nevertheless ready for the Master’s summons when it came to her on that beautiful Sabbath morning, to leave the frail earthly body and come to the mansions prepared for those who love Him. One of her favorite passages of Scripture was Matt. 11:28, "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."
The funeral services were held at her home in Neillsville, Tuesday afternoon, Jun 13, 1916. Her pastor, Rev. G.W. Longenecker, used as a text her favorite passage of Scripture, above quoted. The body was laid to rest in the Neillsville Cemetery.
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