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Margie Meryl Campau Brown

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Margie Meryl Campau Brown passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the age of 86. She was born on November 29, 1922 to Lawrence and Grace Campau, in Thedford, Nebraska.

During the Great Depression, Margie's love of painting got her a job touching up pictures at a photography studio while still in her teens. Her family then moved to Seattle, during WWII. She attended the University of Washington studying Fine Art, and worked at Boeing Aircraft, as a keypunch operator. Through a dating service for Boeing employees, she met James Alan Brown. They were married three months later. Over the next 60 years, and while raising five children, including twins, they lived in Indianapolis, Alhambra and Escondido, CA before moving to Chico. They made many business and pleasure trips to New England, Australia, China, and Japan. In China, Margie taught English while Jim served in the International Executive Service Corps.

Margie loved her family, art, ceramics, woodcarving, dolls, music, dance, travel, gardening (especially Bonsai), needlework and education. Her love of learning was instilled in her children by surrounding them with good books, and countless outings to museums, nature centers, the mountains and the beach. She encouraged their interests in athletics, raising animals, ceramics, hunting and taxidermy, attending college, and starting businesses. She adored, and was adored by her 17 grandchildren, and 23 (soon to be 24) great-grandchildren. She was positive and cheerful, talented, and loved by all who knew her.

We love you Mom/Grandma.

Margie is survived by four children, Beverly Peterson of Hurricane, UT, Fred Brown of San Marcos, CA, Dorothy Davis and Connie Voss of Chico. Daughter, Roberta died in 1981, and husband Jim passed away in 2004.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Neptune Society, and interment will be at Lone Tree Cemetery, Hayward.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Feb. 5, 2009
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