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Erma Fay Brown


Erma Fay (Hartley) Brown, 92, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, in Billings, Mont.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 at the First United Methodist Church in Glasgow with Pastor Howard Pippin officiating. Inurnment will take place at Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale at 12:00 p.m. A reception and celebration of life will follow at the American Legion Post 45 in Hinsdale, where she was a proud member for 70 years and a Gold Star mother.

She was born in Glasgow, Mont., Dec. 24, 1923, to Vernor and Marie (Bjontegaard) Hartley. She graduated from Hinsdale High School in May, 1942. On July 25, 1942, she married Harold M. Brown in the First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Bennet officiating.

She was active in the Methodist Church in Hinsdale and the Community Church of Ft. Peck. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and sewing. She loved attending the kids' sporting events and band concerts.

She is preceded in death by her parents; siblings Zelda Garr and Harlan Hartley; and two sons, Sgt. Robert R. Brown (KIA Vietnam) Dec 1, 1970 and Calvin F. Brown of Havre, (April 8, 2008).

Survivors include her husband, Harold Brown of Billings; two sons, Harold D. "Buck" and his wife, Bonnie, of Billings, and Vernon of Fort Peck; one sister, Mrs. Velma Reber of Helena, Mont. and 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the charitable organization American Legion Post 45. Condolences for the family may be posted online at


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