Jul 1, 2014 - StaffAlvina Rahel Brown, formerly of Riverton, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the Washakie Medical Center in Worland following a short illness. She was 87 years old.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 7, at the Zion Evangelical Church in Worland with Pastor Fortner officiating.
Alvina Rahel Brown was born April 17, 1927, in Scottsbluff, Neb., the daughter of Peter and Anna Katrina (Herman) Busch.
She attended grade school in Minatare, Neb., and moved to Riverton in 1941 and graduated from Riverton High School in 1946.
After graduation, she enrolled in Western Union School in Santa Cruz, Calif. Upon graduating, she was placed in Carson City, Nev., as the night manager at the Western Union Office. Six months later she was transferred to Reno, Nev., as counter clerk and cashier assistant.
She married Carson F. Brown, and they had one son, Benet Brown. They later moved to Riverton where she worked as a bookkeeper at the Northern Gas Company. In 1951 they moved to Worland and opened a radiator repair shop. Later they moved to South Flat Road to a larger building and added a diesel repair business. In 1969 they added a Sears Catalog store and camper and Massey Ferguson machinery sales.
In 1973 the business expanded and became an independent appliance and service center called Brown's Western Appliance Store and Radiator Shop.
Mr. Brown died in 1993, and Benet and Barb Brown took over the business.
She is survived by one sister, Nettie Weber, of Riverton; son Benet (Barbara) Brown of Worland; grandchildren Tracey Wempen, Christy Hankinson, Wendy Fredricks and Carson Brown; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Ed, Herman, Pete and Walter Busch, and her sisters, Molly Busch, Mary Heil and Anna Weidman.
Memorial donations may be made to either the Worland Senior Citizens Center or the Washakie Medial Center Auxiliary in care of Bryant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 524, Worland, WY 82401.
Online condolences may be made at www.bryantfuneralhomeonline.com. Bryant Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
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