Elizabeth Brown

Betty Brown

July 30, 1930 - July 11, 2020
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Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Brown was born July 30, 1930, in Newell, SD, as the youngest of six children to Harry and Ada (Greene) Cunningham. Betty often joked about being of “hardy pioneer stock” and anyone born in those times would have lived through difficult circumstances that would have tested and tried their faith. Betty graduated from Newell High School and attended Yankton College for a short time.
She met and married John Brown on June 25, 1951, and their marriage of 61 years was a blessing to their two daughters and their families. Betty worked many years in banking but her heart was always with her family and friends and how she could minister to them. Whether it was having people in for a meal, baking or cooking for her family, her kitchen was where you could find her.
To her grandchildren, she was known as the “Cookie Grandma.” She knew each one’s favorite cookie and then would delight in making them as a special secret gift to hide in their graduation luggage set. She would plan for weeks about what to hide in all the compartments that would highlight a special memory between her and her grandchildren. As the granddaughters grew up, they would all delight in spending a Saturday with “G’ma” learning how to make her special Christmas candies and cookies that would always be shared around the neighborhood.
Betty was an active member of St James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche for many years. Her faith in Jesus as her Lord and Savior was evident in her life every day. She would often profess that the “golden years” weren’t always so golden but with God’s help, she could make it through. Her legacy to her family will be her unwavering faith.
Betty passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Garden Hills Assisted Living in Spearfish.
Betty is survived by her daughters, Deb (Kim) Richardson of Grant, NE, Barb (Mike) Hansen of Spearfish, and Tish (Gene) Beckwith of Reliance, SD; her sister, Ruth Jones of O’Neill, NE; 11 grandchildren, Josh (Heather) Richardson, Jeremiah (Karyn) Richardson, Jarod (Jamie) Richardson, Justin (Debbie) Richardson, Julianna Richardson (Austin Bestgen), Anna (Ryan) Smith, Jerrold (Bethany) Hansen, Elizabeth (Jason) Gellett, Jonathan (Katharine) Hansen, and Michael and Andrew Beckwith; and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces, along with siblings and their spouses of the Brown family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents; and four siblings, Robert, Mabel, Donald, and Lois.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 17, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be live streamed at Kinkade Funeral Chapel Facebook page. The graveside services, which are open to the public, will be held at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2020.
A memorial has been established in Betty’s memory to Garden Hills Assisted Living in Spearfish.
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  • Visitation

    July 17, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    July 17, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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  • Interment

    July 18, 2020 | 11:30am
    July 18, 2020 11:30am
    Belle Fourche Pine Slope Cemetery
    606 6th Street
    Belle Fourche, SD 57717
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Private Family Services LiveStream service can be viewed at 9:00 am on Kinkade Funeral Chapel's Facebook page:


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Amanda, Nicki, Todd and all of Sandhills State Ban sent flowers to the family of Betty Brown.
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Gary Velder

Posted at 10:00am
Dear Deb & Barb: Just a note to let you know we are thinking of you during your time of sorrow. We had many great visits over a cup of coffee with your mom and such a gracious hostess. She will be missed by many.
With deepest sympathy; Gary & Linda Velder

Posted at 08:34pm
Barb and family
When I think of Betty I know i am a better person becouse of her. I will always cherish the talks and laughs we shared.

Jean Helmer

Posted at 10:38pm
I cannot remember a time that I did not know your Mom. A favorite story she shared with me was when I asked her how she knew your Dad was "the one." She said, "Well, we'd pretty sell decided. Then one night at a dance at Vale, he asked me to go outside with him, there eas something he had to do. He walked me out under a tree, took me in his arms, and then said a prayer thanking God for putting me in his life."
I said, Wow, that is beautiful!"
Betty smiled, nodded, and chuckled softly as she added, "After that, I just had to marry him!"
My condolences -your mother defined "lovely lady."
Jean Helmer

Amanda, Nicki, Todd and all of Sandhills State Ban

Posted at 10:27am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Kristin Collins

Posted at 09:28pm
I always remember John and Betty at church...every Sunday! Sympathies to all.
Kristin Enerson-Collins

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