Nancy Greigg Brown, 84, passed away at her home in Bozeman on Dec. 11, 2013.
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Nancy was born on April 27, 1929, in Oakland, Calif. She graduated from University High School in Los Angeles in 1947.
As a young woman, her life was characterized by a love of animals, particularly horses. A gifted horsewoman, a highpoint of her time on this earth was cattle ranching in the 1950s with her late husband, James Jay Brown.
In the early sixties, Jay and Nancy moved to Sacramento and operated the popular Hereford House Steakhouse and Lounge. In 1966, they decided that Montana was the place to raise their three sons. They lived in Butte and Missoula, and eventually settled in Bozeman in 1973.
In 1989, Jay and Nancy relocated to Monterey, Calif. Nancy served 16 years as the facilities manager for the Monterey Museum of Art at La Mirada, where she was a loyal and committed employee. She was valued for her dedication to the museum, always warmly welcoming to both staff and visitors and ready with a helping hand in any situation. Nancy played an integral role in the expansion of the museum facilities at La Mirada. She was well known for her site management abilities in orchestrating large corporate functions, local fundraising events, and the day-to-day organization of activities that kept La Mirada running smoothly.
In 2005, Nancy retired to Montana to be close to her son, Peter. She took great pride in her home in Bozeman. Always the artist and enthusiastic amateur landscape designer, she tirelessly planted trees and worked in her flower gardens. Nancy's imagination and arboreal foresight will be a visual benefit to her South Bozeman neighborhood for years to come.
Always honest and forthright, Nancy lived with great integrity. She found herself surrounded by many friends of a wide range of backgrounds who appreciated her heartfelt kindness and gentle spirit.
Nancy is survived by her son, Peter Quentin Brown of Bozeman, and her sister, Betty Oliver of Pebble Beach, Calif. She was preceded in death by two other sons, Michael James Brown and Stephen Jay Brown, as well as her husband, James Jay Brown.
A memorial barbeque will be held next summer at her home in Bozeman.
The family suggests that any memorial contributions be sent to the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, PO Box 11390, Bozeman, MT 59719.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 22, 2013