Caroline Brown (1922 - 2013)

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Caroline Facer Brown

December 16, 1922 - February 7, 2013

SALEM - Caroline Brown has joined her beloved husband and dance partner, Keith, in heaven. On February 7, 2013, she passed into the eternities, where she and Keith will once again dance together.

Caroline was born in Malad, Idaho in December of 1922. The third of seven children raised by Lester Facer and Rosabel Bingham, she moved with her family to Smithfield, Utah, where she grew up. After high school, Caroline came to Salem, Oregon to help her sister, Rosalyn, with a new baby. During her time in West Salem, Caroline had the most fateful and significant encounter of her life. While at lunch, she noticed the most handsome man she had ever seen. The man turned to look at her, and in the process, his hamburger flew off his tray. They were both smitten. The man was Keith Brown, and they were soon an item. While Keith was serving in the U.S. Army, Caroline took a train to meet him in Jonesboro, Arkansas, where they were married on February 20, 1943. This February 20 will mark their 70th anniversary.

Keith and Caroline truly lived happily ever after. They spent their years on this earth creating beautiful gardens, entertaining, working hard at everything they did, dancing, and raising their four children: Karren, Eric, Keith, and Kandi. They built a wonderful home in West Salem where they lived comfortably for more than 50 years. They were fortunate to have numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren to spoil. The family Keith and Caroline built together was her greatest joy.

Caroline had many talents that touched the lives of all who knew her. She was known for her beautiful dancing. Her children and grandchildren were always dressed exquisitely thanks to her ability to design and make beautiful clothes. Her stunning oil paintings adorned the walls of her home. She took the time to make her home beautiful, decorating it for every holiday. Friends and family members loved to visit her house at Christmas time, when she had a truly fabulous display of decorations. Her giving spirit knew no end; she touched the lives of family, friends, neighbors, and strangers with her generosity.

Caroline's work ethic translated beyond her home. She worked for many years in the lab at Dole Corporation. Caroline was a successful wedding planner and caterer; each event was a work of art. She also took pride in civic duty, volunteering as an elections worker. She worked in several leadership positions in her church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), where she developed lifelong friendships and affected countless people.

After the devastating death of her beloved Keith, Caroline began to show signs of cognitive loss. She was cared for in her home by her loving family for a few years, until her disease progressed to the point where she needed additional care. She then moved to Sherwood Park Care Center, where the wonderful staff loved her and cared for her through the rest of her days. Even in the throes of dementia, Caroline had a way of making people smile. To those who were lucky enough to know her, her death is a painful loss, but in so many ways, it is a blessing.

Visitation will be 4-6pm Thursday, at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, and Friday at 10 a.m., February 15 at the LDS church, 3154 Eola Dr. NW Salem, Oregon, the memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Graveside services will follow at Belcrest Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service and Oakleaf Crematory
605 Commercial St SE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 3642257
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Published in StatesmanJournal on Feb. 13, 2013
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