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Rachel Brown - November 25, 2010

Rachel Marion (Nelson) Brown, the only child of David and Lavina Nelson, was born Jan. 14, 1918 in Altoona, Pa. She died peacefully at her home in Fort Morgan on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 2010 at the age of 91.

In her early childhood, she moved with her family to Colorado, settling in Pueblo. At age 12, after the death of her father, she and her mother moved to Denver where she attended school.

She met and married her high school sweetheart and lifelong love, George Kennedy Brown, while both were attending East Denver High School. They wed Dec. 26, 1934, with both lying about their ages on the license.

The couple had two children, David Nelson Brown, born in 1937, and Roseann Brown, born in 1942.

When her children became teenagers, Rachel took a job as a grocery checker. She enjoyed meeting the public and worked for almost 15 years at supermarkets in metropolitan Denver.

She and George lived in Denver until he retired from his work as an independent trash hauler. They moved to the mountains outside of Denver where they raised goats and enjoyed mountain living until it got “too crowded.”

They then moved to a number of small towns throughout the state, finally happily settling in Holyoke in 1978. Following George’s death in 1987, Rachel moved to Haxtun’s senior housing.

On July 1, 1994, wishing to be closer to her son, Rachel moved to Fort Morgan, where she resided in the Hillcrest Apartments for the remainder of her life.

Rachel was a talented artist, preferring to work in colored pencil and watercolor. She enjoyed helping care for flowers in the Hillcrest Friendship Club Memorial Garden. She learned to play bridge moderately well but never learned Blackwood Convention so consistently underbid.

Always physically active, she was a fine swimmer and loved walking. Probably her greatest fun came from shooting 8-ball pool at the Fort Morgan Senior Center.

Rachel was a feisty, independent woman who preferred limited company, but was big-hearted and cared about people, often offering to help others when she saw a need.

She traveled alone, even to Europe—something others of her generation rarely did. She maintained her lively sense of humor, passion for living and quick wit until the end of her life.

Her husband and her son preceded her in death.

Survivors include her loving daughter, Rose Kreher and husband Bob of Snowflake, Ariz.; granddaughters, April and Shannon; and great-granddaughter, Emily Rose.