Lilia Brown

It is with great joy and deep sadness that we announce the passing of Lilia González Brown, age 86, who left this world and returned to her eternal home April 13th, 2014, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. There was great joy in heaven at her reunion with those who preceded her including her husband Pauly Gabaldón Brown, her parents Manrique R. González and Regina Del Palacio, and many others. Her surviving children are Marina (Claude) Bowman, Las Cruces, NM; Orson Pauly Brown (Xiomara), Mexico City, Mexico; Doris Megan (Roelof) Vel, South Jordan, UT; Richard Brown, West Jordan, UT; Lilly Sue (Timothy) Bond, Ramah, NM. She will be greatly missed by her living siblings: Dr. I. Ernest González, Santa Rosa, CA.; Elvira Avena, Yakima, WA; Regina Ayala, El Paso, TX.; Roberto González, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico; and Catalina (Manuel) Thompson, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Her posterity extends to 21 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She is loved and missed by a large family of nieces and nephews and their children. Lilia was born Aug. 19, 1927 in Colonia Dublán, Chihuahua, Mexico, where she lived a happy childhood with her large extended family. She graduated from Juárez Stake Academy in Colonia Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. At age 18, she married Pauly Gabaldón Brown and they moved to Mesa, Arizona. They moved to El Paso, Texas in 1948 where they lived for over 50 years. Lilia worked in the fabric department at J.C. Penney and at Grants during the 1960s. Lilia was a devoted wife and mother and her compassion and caring were legendary. Her life was one of continuous service to her family, friends, relatives, and to the strangers within her gates –her door was always open. She was an excellent cook and gardener and shared the fruits of those labors with many. She was an excellent seamstress and made her children's clothing. Talented in playing the piano, quilting, crocheting, and homemaking, her family was the beneficiary of her prodigious talents. Lilia was a wonderful neighbor and served many along her street. Lilia was an active and dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in which she served tirelessly along with her husband Pauly. She served in many callings in many different locations some of which included organist and pianist in the auxiliaries of the Church, president of the women's organization at the ward and stake levels; teacher in the children's organization, MIA, and in Relief Society. Lilia loved music and sang in the ward choir. She and her husband spent joyous times serving the people of Guatemala on both a mission and later as temple workers in the Guatemala City Temple. She was an active genealogist, spending considerable time and effort researching her family history and teaching her children the value of such work, thus benefiting those she served both on earth and in heaven. A viewing has been scheduled Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:30 am followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 am under the direction of local priesthood leaders and Getz Funeral Home, at the Venus Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3210 Venus St., Las Cruces, NM 88012. Interment will be next to her husband Pauly Gabaldón Brown at Memory Gardens of the Valley Cemetery, 4900 McNutt Rd., Santa Teresa, NM, 88008. To sign the local online guestbook please visit www.GetzCares.com.

Funeral Home

GETZ FUNERAL HOME - LAS CRUCES
1410 E. BOWMAN AVE.  Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 526-2419

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Apr. 20, 2014