Erma Naomi Lee Brown was received into the arms of her loving Savior, Jesus Christ Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church, 7006 N College Dr., under the direction of Wiedersphan-Radomsky Chapel, in Cheyenne Wyo.
Donations to Community Christian School, 511 W. 14th St., Scottsbluff; Billy Graham Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201-001.
Erma was born on June 17, 1918, in Round Valley, Neb., to Edgar and Bertha Lee. Erma was preceded in death by her parents, sister Emily Holcomb and granddaughter Dr. Robyn Lee Rairigh.
She is survived by husband Harold Brown; four children: daughter Sharon (Robert Rairigh) Gering Neb., son Terry (Ann) Brown, Hawaii, daughter Charlene (Phil) Severson, Cheyenne, son Ted (Kathy) Brown, Littleton, Colo.;, grandchildren; sister DeVohn (Leo) Peterson, Neb., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Erma was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was extremely proud of her twelve grandchildren, 22 (soon to be 24) great-grandchildren and eight (soon to be nine) great-great-grandchildren.
She graduated from high school in Broken Bow, Neb. Erma married Harold Brown March 20, 1940. She enjoyed ranch life before moving to Cheyenne in 1954 where Harold and Erma acquired the Twin Chimney's Motel, and Dairy Twist Ice Cream.
Her love and work ethic were an example to her children, grandchildren and brought the entire family closer together. Erma was always charitable and never turned away a hungry stranger or someone that needed a roof over their head.
Being Norwegian, she was proud of her heritage and passed along the recipe for Lefse that was famous among family and friends. Grandchildren have fond memories of her butter-horns, "pigs-in-a-blanket," and sugar cookies. Erma would often recite from memory, even at age 94, poems that she memorized from school. She was a great whistler, yodeler, and always sang while she worked, often from dawn to midnight. She loved camping and fishing trips with her family.
Erma was a devoted Christian and her love of the Lord was conveyed by the way she lived her life. Her favorite scripture was the 23rd Psalm.