Edna Grayce Hall Brown was born Feb. 19, 1917, northeast of Ansley, 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. One of her favorite teachers was Tizzy Clay.
From 1934 to 1937, she worked at various housekeeping jobs. September 1, 1937, she was married to Charles (Charlie) I. Brown in Broken Bo. They initially made their home on a farm near Comstock. 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 Sept. 19, 1986.
Grayce joined the Rebekah Lodge May 16, 1944, in Westerville. 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 and was still a member.
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 would not allow her to do so. She loved to watch ice skating on TV and was always ready to play a game of cards, especially Kings on the Corner.
Grayce was affectionately known as Grandma Grayce to family and friends.
Grayce was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie; son, Bobby; parents; brothers, Bill and Judd, and sisters, Gladys and Isabelle.
She is survived by her daughters, Edna (Roscoe) Eagle of Falls Church, Virg., and Betty (David) Hughes of Sutherland, and granddaughter, Bobbi (Ryan) Cooper of Denver, Colo., as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Services were Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Arnold, with the Rev. Dale Coates officiating. Memorials may go to the Arnold Cemetery or the Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Arnold Cemetery. Arnold Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, Nov. 15, 2012