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Vilma Brown

Obituary Condolences

Vilma G. Brown Resident of Pinole Vilma Gori Brown passed away peacefully on October 27, 2009 at her home in Pinole, California at the age of 95. She is survived by her two sons, Fred and Bill Brown, her daughters-in-law, Carol and Rose Brown, and three sisters: Emma Gori, Nona Dettori and Toddy Broughton. Vilma is also survived by her five grandchildren: Kim Brown, Keri (Brown) Monroe, David Brown, Jeff Brown and Nicole (Brown) Yuen; her 11 great-grandchildren: Kenton Miller, Jake Monroe, Ian Monroe, Bailey Yuen, Molly Monroe, Sydney Yuen, Anika Brown, Kaleb Jordan, Reilly Yuen, Colette Brown and Siena Brown; and her great-great-grandson, Gabriel Miller. Vilma was born on February 17, 1914 in Sparks, Nevada to Italian immigrants, Joseph and Fernanda Gori. During the Great Depression, Vilma moved to the Bay Area where she met her late husband, Frederic "Jim" Brown. After marrying in 1938, Jim and Vilma settled in Albany where they raised their two sons. Vilma volunteered in the local schools, at the YMCA and with the Boy Scouts. She was a devoted parishioner at St. Ambrose church and also worked as secretary for the Albany YMCA and the City of El Cerrito. Vilma was known for her boundless energy, uncompromising sense of fairness and an unwavering love for her family. She enjoyed writing, camping, golf, dinner with friends and family, and a good game of cards, especially canasta and rummy. Vilma was an avid genealogist. She took frequent trips to the genealogy library in Salt Lake City and also traveled to Bozzano, Italy in search of her ancestors. Through her diligent work, she was able to find members of the Brown and Gori families as far back as the 15th century. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 12 at 11:00am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pinole. The family requests donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in lieu of flowers.

Published in Contra Costa Times on Nov. 8, 2009
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