Virginia Brown: 1923 – 2014

Virginia Lee Brown, a former resident of Three Rivers, died Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Visalia. She was 90.

A graveside service will be conducted Monday, April 14, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Woodlake Cemetery, 165 N. Cypress St., Woodlake.

Virginia was born October 28, 1923, in Woodlake to Hugo J. Galle and Lena W. Fast Galle.  She was raised in Woodlake, graduated from Woodlake High School, and  attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia. 

On April 25, 1947, Virginia married Billy Carl Brown at the Woodlake Presbyterian Church.  Billy and Virginia made their first home in Three Rivers. 

(Billy was the son of Onis Brown of Lemon Cove/Three Rivers, legendary Sierra packer from 1914 well into the 1950s.)

They later relocated to Clovis. In 1979, they returned to Three Rivers to enjoy their retirement years. In recent years, Virginia resided in Visalia.  

Virginia was a member of Community Presbyterian Church in Three Rivers, where she served several years as a deacon. Virginia loved to garden, camp with her family, crochet, and play her organ.

On June 2, 1990, Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Billy. She was also preceded in death by her parents and sister Lucille McClure.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Connie Gilmore and husband Doug of Sanger; two sons, Mike Brown and wife Hazel of Terra Bella and Les Brown and wife Terry of Sanger; one sister, Marion St. Martin of Port Townsend, Wash.; six grandchildren, Steven Carleton, Daniel Brown, Carley Brown, Sandra Zendner, Michael Brawley, and Stan Brawley; and four great-grandchildren, Kenneth, Jeffrey, Elizabeth, and Blake.

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