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Margie L. Brown

February 15, 2018
Emmetsburg News

The visitation for Margie Brown will be on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 from 4 p.m.- 7p.m. at Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Reverend Clem Currans will officiate.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Ruthven. Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margie Leona Thomson was born March 25, 1917, to William H. Thomson & Margaret (Colburn) Thomson at their farm near Rodman. She graduated from Rodman High School and attended Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls and taught in a one- room school house near Depew where she lived with the family of some of her students and learned some Norwegian phrases. The following year she was able to get a teaching position in a one-room school house just north of her parents' home where she could live at home and help her father with the farming in the summer.

Margie married W.J. "Bill" Brown in Emmetsburg Catholic Church June 1, 1940, and lived with him on the farm southeast of Ruthven where she and Bill farmed and raised their four children. When the Ruthven School burned down and teachers were needed for the country school houses, she again returned to teaching grades 1 through 8 in the country school houses four miles west of their farm. Margie was an active partner in Bill's farming operation-working in the fields, in the barns, and in the bookkeeping area to create a farming enterprise of which they both were proud. In addition to her farming and teaching and maintaining a spotless home, Margie was also active in her church and volunteered at Lakeside Lutheran Home. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was a tireless worker in the Guild and a long time member of Catholic Daughters of America.

Margie and Bill lived together for 68 years until his death in 2008. They enjoyed traveling, wintering in Texas, and enjoying time with family and friends. Following Bill's death in 2008, Margie moved to Willow Ridge, and in Oct. of 2016 she moved to Emerald Oaks assisted living until February of 2017. In March of 2017 she celebrated her 100th Birthday while living in Parc Hall where she resided until her death on Feb. 11, 2018 at Spencer Hospital after having suffered a fall.

Left to mourn her are her daughter Colleen "Coke" Anderson (Ken Bertness); son Bill (Connie) Brown; daughter Mary (John) Hoefner; son-in-law Dennis Finnegan; 11 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren.

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