Brown, Elsie

Memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church.  Viewing will be from 1PM-7PM on Monday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Private family interment prior to the service at the Winkler Cemetery. Donations may be made in Elsie's memory to Back to The Bible.

Sarah Elsie Brown (nee Braun)
July 5, 1925 – July 5, 2019 
Sarah Elsie Brown was born on July 5, 1925 in the Burwalde District to William J. and Sarah Giesbrecht Braun. Her mother passed away on June 1, 1941, when Elsie was almost 16. Her father passed away in 1963, when Elsie was 38. As a result of her mother’s death, Elsie, as the oldest daughter, helped to take care of the whole family. Elsie contracted polio in 1952, at the age of 27. She put her faith in God at a young age, which helped her through her through these difficult situations. Elsie was extremely determined. She learned 500 Bible verses in 1941 and won a free week at Gimli Bible Camp. Elsie met J. Harry Brown at the Burwalde School, and they married on September 3, 1949. They farmed and lived on the Burwalde home farm where their three children were born, Rod, Jean and Roger, and where they lived from 1949 until April 11, 1970 when they moved to Winkler. Elsie and Harry then moved to Crocus Village in 2002 and enjoyed their time there. Elsie and Harry loved playing games with family and friends, including Skip Bo, Crokinole, Rook, Rummikub, Black Queen and Dominoes. Elsie was extremely competitive! Elsie had many interests, and a real entrepreneurial spirit. She received her piano degree in 1968 and gave piano lessons in her home and in Haskett. At 45 years of age, she took a Stretch & Sew class from her sister-in-law, Anne, and gave Stretch & Sew lessons in Winkler, Carman, Elm Creek, Altona and Plum Coulee. In 1985, at 60 years of age Mom (with her daughter Jean’s help), took over management of Twice as Nice in Winkler. Elsie and Harry loved travelling and took many trips, including Thompson, Churchill, Florida, California, the East Coast, Alaska and B.C. Elsie also travelled to South America and after Harry passed, she went to Clear Lake, Phoenix and Kenora.
Elsie was predeceased by her husband, J. Harry Brown, by her siblings, Ted, Bill and Miriam and by her sister-in-law, Tina. Elsie is survived by her sons: Rod (Anne) and their son, Dustin (Crystal); and Roger (Alma) and their children, Lindsay (Bryce), Jaymi, Cassidy and Josiah; and by her daughter, Jean (John) and their children, Ken (Alexa) and daughter, Jenna Rose, and Cindy (Tyler) and their children, Marcaz (Bernadette) and their son, Atticus, Grady and Jaylene. 
Memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday July 9, 2019 at the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church with private interment prior at the Winkler Cemetery. The family would like to thank Wiebe Funeral Home, Dr. Bessie, Dr. Don Klassen and the staff of the Boundary Trails Health Centre and the staff at Salem Home for their loving care of Elsie. Donations may be made in Elsie’s memory to Back to the Bible. The family would also like to thank each one of you for your words of comfort, gifts of food, and for your prayers. 
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements


#1 Adeline Peters 2019-07-06 09:24
My condolence to you in the passing of your mother. I remember Elsie Braun well as my first piano teacher in Haskett MANY years ago. May the memories of a lovely lady comfort you at this sad time.
#2 Pat Gerbrandt 2019-07-08 10:03
My condolences to the family. I remember Mrs. Braun as one of my mom's (Tina (Hoeppner) Klassen) friends, and got to know her a little the times I popped in to Twice as Nice. The Burwalde connection is special to me!
#3 Margo Friesen 2019-07-08 11:49
Condolences to all the family from Larry, myself and my Mom, Anne Wiebe.
#4 Muriel and David Boyes 2019-07-18 13:33
Condolences to the family. We would meet in the Coop most recently. Muriel would compliment her on her "put together " look. She always had a great come back. Her outfits and jewelry were always tastefully worn.
#5 Ron Ginter 2019-11-21 14:54
Miss those impromptu visits and always interesting chats when we met at Crocus Village or wherever. Fond memories.
Blessings to the family.

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