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Edna  Grayce  Hall Brown
     Edna Grayce Hall Brown, 94, was born February 19, 1917, northeast of Ansley, Neb., in the Box Elder community. Her parents were Fred and Edna Harpster Hall.
     She was one of five children. Grayce attended the Box Elder school and graduated from Ansley High School in 1934.
     From 1934 to 1937, she worked at various housekeeping jobs. On September 1, 1937, she was married to Charles (Charlie) I. Brown in Broken Bow. They initially made their home on a farm near Comstock, Neb. In 1940 they moved north of Westerville and in 1943 they purchased the F.D. Mills homestead and lived there until May, 1960, when Charlie leased the Arnold Livestock Sale Barn. They then lived in Arnold for a couple of years before moving to Sargent, where they were involved in the sale barn there.
     They moved back to Arnold and operated the sale barn there again for many years. Grayce kept books for the family farm (Brown Land and Cattle Co., Inc.) as well as for the sale barn. During these years she also worked at Watson''s Grocery Store in Arnold.
     Charlie and Grayce were the parents of three Children: Edna, Betty and Bobby. Bobby died as the result of a car/tractor accident in August 1966. Charlie died September 19, 1986.
     Grayce joined the Rebekah Lodge in May 16, 1944 in Westerville, Neb. Over the years, she served as Noble Grand in 1946, 1960, 1975, 1987 and 1991. She received her 50 year jewel in 1994.
     When the Westerville Lodge disbanded she transferred her membership to the Broken Bow lodge. She joined the Westerville Methodist Church and transferred her membership to the Arnold Methodist Church when they moved to Arnold. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women, the We Wan Chu Club, and American Legion Auxiliary.
     When her children were growing up, she was very active in 4-H work, serving as a leader of the group they belonged to.
     Grayce lived in her home in Arnold until January 2009, when she moved to Linden Estates in North Platte. In June of 2011 she moved to Linden Court.
     Grayce loved to embroider and quilt until her eyesight declined. She loved to watch ice skating on TV and was always ready to play a game of cards.
     Grayce was affectionately known as Grandma Grayce to family and friends.
     She is survived by her daughters, Edna (Roscoe) Eagle of Falls Church, Va., Betty (David) Hughes of Sutherland and granddaughter Bobbi (Ryan) Cooper of Denver, Colo., as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
     Grayce was preceded in death by her husband Charlie, son Bobby, parents, brothers, Bill and Judd, and sisters, Gladys and Isabelle.
     Services were 10 a.m. Saturday, November 10 at the United Methodist Church in Arnold, with Reverend Dale Coates officiating. Burial was in the Arnold Cemetery. Arnold Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 11/14/2012
 
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