Nina Mae Brown
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April 25, 1921 - August 3, 2014
Soda Springs - Our sweet mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend Nina Mae Ater Brown passed away peacefully on Sunday August 3, 2014, 11 days after her husband.
She was born on April 25,1921 in Roscoe, Texas to Horace A. and Elizabeth Ann Mathis Ater. She grew up in Texas and graduated from Roscoe High School. She worked in a ship yard at a defense plant in Portland, Oregon, during World War II. She received a Bachelors Degree in Home Economics from Texas Tech University. Mom received a phone call from the school superintendent in Soda Springs, Idaho, wanting to hire her for a teaching position. She came to Idaho, met William Clarke Brown and they were married June 16, 1948 in Abilene, Texas. They just celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
Mom and Dad made their home in Soda Springs where she taught school until their children came along. She was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Feb. 26, 1960 by Melverton (Papa) Brown. She served for many years as a Primary teacher and was a valiant visiting teacher. Mom and Dad farmed together for 50 years! That brought much joy and satisfaction to both of them. Mom was never one to sit still. She was always busy and totally supported Dad as he farmed. For years, she was his #1 truck driver.
Mom enjoyed gardening and had a beautiful yard with gorgeous flowers. She was an extremely good cook and made the best homemade bread, pies, sour dough pancakes and meals for all the family to enjoy. Mom was a talented artist. She painted dozens of oil paintings which we all treasure. She loved to sew, quilt and embroider. The last few years she has enjoyed needlepointing. We have all benefited from her beautiful needlepoint pictures! Mom and Dad enjoyed picnics, campouts and traveling with their good friends. Brown Family reunions were an event that she enjoyed. She loved the Brown family. Annual trips to Texas were also something that she looked forward to to visit with her own family. Many good memories were made taking those trips.
Most of all, Mom loved her family and being with them were her happiest times! Even though our hearts are saddened, we rejoice that our Mom and Dad are together again so soon.
Nina is survived by her children; Diane (Doug) Wangemann; Lindon, Utah; Scott (Diane) Brown; Salt Lake City, Utah; Carol (Kevin) La Fleur; Idaho Falls, Idaho; grandchildren; Stacy (Steve); Matthew (Cui); Kyle (Emily); Shelly (Levi); Jeremy (Brittany); Kyah and Tawnie. Step grandchildren Nate (Candice), Jeff (Brooke), Drew and 10 great grandchildren who affectionately called her Grandma Great! She is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceded in death by her husband, Clarke; her parents, her brother Clyde and sister-in-law Shirley; and step-grandson, Zach La Fleur.
Viewing will be Tues. night Aug 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Sims Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Wed. Aug 6 at 11:00 AM at the LDS Stake Center with a viewing one hour prior.
Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.simsfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to
for Breast Cancer Awareness or the Soda Springs City Library in her name.
Sims Funeral Home
139 E 2 South Soda Springs, ID 83276-1409
Published in Idaho State Journal on Aug. 5, 2014