Frances “Fran J. Brown, 93 of rural Williston, North Dakota, formerly of Tioga passed away Tuesday evening, June 11, 2019 at her home west of Williston.
Fran J. Brown was born February 9, 1926 to Ralph and Marian McLennan Struthers in Bethune, SK and was raised on the family farm and attended school in Bethune.
After high school, Fran moved to Regina to start a life of her own. She began working at a filming company, was a model and a member of an all boy’s hockey team during that time.
Fran met her husband, Gene Brown, on a blind date in Regina in October of 1953. They were soon married on December 31, 1953 in Williston. They lived in Williston until moving to Tioga for Gene’s work. Fran worked at DelRoys during this time. While living in Tioga, Fran and Gene were on many bowling leagues where they won multiple trophies
Fran and Gene adopted three children; two boys and a girl. Fran became a stay at home mother where she tended to her children as well as her gardens. Fran was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in Tioga where she was elected the first woman president of church council. Fran helped in any way possible with the church’s activities.
In 1989, Fran moved to a farm west of Williston with her husband and daughter. Fran’s time in Williston was spent volunteering at the food pantry. She worked at Roughrider Inn until she retired in 2009. During her time of retirement, she spent watching the Chicago Cubs baseball, gardening, knitting, baking and spoiling her grandchildren.
Fran is survived by her two sons, Rance Brown and Rown Brown and one daughter, Rebecca (Todd) Forsberg; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eve Crebo and Rena (Lawson) McNiven; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, Ray and Garth; two nieces and one nephew.
The Everson Coughlin Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.