Inez Lucille (Retherford) Brown

Inez Lucille (Retherford) Brown

OREGON-Inez Lucille (Retherford) Brown, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

Inez was the fourth of twelve children born to Percy and Dorothy Retherford in Chisago City, Minn. After high school, Inez relocated to Madison, where she met Herman Brown at a dance at Turner Hall. They were married on June 7, 1942, and raised nine children. Inez was known for her hard work on the farm as well as her homemade bread, buns and cinnamon rolls. Inez loved to pick strawberries and generally canned hundreds of quarts of fruits, vegetables and meat each year. After all the children were in school, Inez worked outside the home at the Waterfall Restaurant, Quality Laundry and retired from General Casualty Insurance in November, 1982. Inez and Herman attended numerous euchre tournaments and you could count on a game of cards most any weekend. Inez loved to invite the children and other relatives for a delicious chicken dinner on Sundays.

Inez is survived by seven children, Judy (Vern) Arzt, Dorothy (Jim) Wahner, Jerry Brown, Barbara Nelson, Sharon Knapp, Joe (Sally) Brown and Jim (Betsy) Brown; grandchildren, Steve (Meghan) Owens, Jeff (Sue) Owens, Dan (Holly) Dent, Dave (Jess) Dent, Traci (Jeff) Segerstrom, Prudy Albis, Teresa Arzt and Val (Matt) Lang; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Barb Tangren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Inez was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herman; two daughters, Betty Reed and Anna Maerz; son-in-law, Jim Knapp; three grandsons, Jason McGuigan, Scott Owen and Brad Knapp; a great-grandson, Nicholas Femrite; three brothers; and seven sisters.

Funeral Services will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL HOME, 1150 Park St., Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Burial will be at Graves Cemetery in Rutland. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Saturday, May 17, 2014, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Sunday.

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Gunderson Oregon
Funeral & Cremation Care
1150 Park Street