November 8, 2012, Erma Naomi Lee Brown was received into the arms of her loving Savior, Jesus Christ. Erma was born June 17, 1918, in Round Valley, to Edgar and Bertha Lee.
Erma was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Emily Holcomb; and granddaughter, Dr. Robyn Lee Rairigh.
She is survived by husband, Harold Brown; four children, Sharon (Robert Rairigh) of Gering, Terry (Ann) Brown of Hawaii, Charlene (Phil) Severson of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Ted (Kathy) Brown of Littleton, Colo.; grandchildren; sister, DeVohn (Leo) Peterson of Nebraska, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Erma was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was extremely proud of her 12 grandchildren, 22 (soon to be 24) great-grandchildren, eight (soon to be nine) great- great-grandchildren.
She graduated from high school in Broken Bow. Erma married Harold Brown March 20, 1940. She enjoyed ranch life before moving to Cheyenne in 1954, where Harold and Erma acquired the Twin Chimney's Motel, and Dairy Twist Ice Cream.
Her love and work ethic were an example to her children, grandchildren and brought the entire family closer together. Erma was always charitable and never turned away a hungry stranger or someone that needed a roof over their head.
Being Norwegian, she was proud of her heritage and passed along the recipe for Lefse that was famous among family and friends. Grandchildren have fond memories of her butterhorns, "pigs-in-a-blanket", and sugar cookies.
Erma would often recite from memory, even at age 94, poems that she memorized from school. She was a great whistler, yodeler, and always sang while she worked, often from dawn to midnight. She loved camping and fishing trips with her family.
Erma was a devoted Christian and her love of the Lord was conveyed by the way she lived her life. Her favorite scripture was the 23rd Psalm.
Memorials may be made to Community Christian School, 511 W. 14th St., Scottsbluff, NE., or Billy Graham Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201-001.
A celebration of life service was Nov. 12, 2012, at the Evangelical Free Church, under the direction of Wiedersphan-Radomsky Chapel.
Published in Custer County Chief, Nov. 15, 2012