Leona R. Brown
Leona R. Brown passed away peacefully after a short illness Tuesday April 16, 2013 at the age of 92. Her husband Ross was by her side. Those she touched in the world knew she was a special person, caring and interested in everything and everyone. She was one of those individuals who passed on her warmth through conversation, actions and a great smile.
A Colorado native, born December 10, 1920, she lived in Wheat Ridge/Denver, Estes Park and Fort Collins through three phases of her life. In Wheat Ridge she and her husband built their home after the war and built their family (one son Gary) and built their careers. While Ross worked as Executive Assistant to Colorado Governor Dan Thornton, she supported and enjoyed all the social whirl entailed with the job: governors conferences, a presidential inauguration, social affairs, cards with the Mamie Eisenhower, and of course the campaigns. A graduate of CU, she went back to the University of Denver to get her masters degree in Library Science and was the librarian at Lakewood High School for thirteen years.
After living a short time in South Denver, they moved to Estes Park in 1979. She was a 71 year member of PEO, actively organizing and being a charter member of Chapter HF in Estes Park where she served in many capacities including President. She helped with PEO state conventions several times. She was a golfer, bridge player, painter of oils and pastels, traveler, library volunteer and a Chamber Ambassador. Both she and her husband were members of the Community Church of the Rockies. In Estes they watched and supported their two grandchildren, Julie and Phil, grow into young adults.
In 1999 they moved to Ft. Collins and she thoroughly enjoyed living at the Worthington, a retirement community. She participated in all of their activities, including talent shows, theater outings, decorating the dining room, and playing cards. They were members of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Collins.
She shared 67 wonderful years with her husband Ross. She is also survived by her son Gary and his wife Kelly; granddaughter Julie Sykes and husband Ray together with their daughter Lily; and grandson Phil Brown and wife Kara. There will be a memorial service at The Worthington Saturday April 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to First Presbyterian Church of Fort Collins, 531 So. College Ave, Ft. Collins CO 80524 are suggested. God loved and blessed her and those blessings she shared with her family and friends. She will be missed.