A memorial service for Margaret Brown will be held Friday, Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the Cody Methodist Church. Margaret, 75 and a former resident of Shell, died Dec. 1 at the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell after suffering for many years with Alzheimer’s.
Margaret was born on Dec. 8, 1936, in Greybull, to George and Jewell Scott. She attended school in Greybull and was a member of the First Baptist Church where she often sang at services. She later joined the Methodist Church in Cody and sang in the choir.
When she was 15 years old, Margaret met the love of her life, Jerry Brown, at the soda fountain in Ortman’s Drug Store in Greybull. The two were married shortly after in 1953. They moved to Cody and started Jerry’s Roofing Company in 1957 and later began Brown Construction. Margaret participated in the businesses as the “office staff.” This was in addition to being mother to four active children and involved in all their activities.
Margaret loved the Girl Scout organization and was a proud member for over 50 years. She received her 50-year pin honoring her time as a Scout, Scout troop leader, Counsel member, and Etoquinnow Board member and president. She served over 25 years on the Etoquinnow Board, with 20 years as president.
Music held a special place in Margaret’s heart. She was a member of the Barbershop Belles and Sweet Adelines for many years. She felt honored to be a part of this singing group that was invited to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall and Disney World in Orlando.
In 1998, Jerry and Margaret moved to their ranch in Shell where they lived until this year.
Margaret is survived by her children Jerri Lynn (Steve) Meyerpeter of San Diego, Scott (Kelly) Brown of Shoreview, Minn., Lisa (Kenny) Michelena of Shell, and Julia (Wally) Hames of Meridian, Idaho; her five grandchildren, Ryan (Katie) Brown, Erin Michelena, Stacie Brown, Kara Michelena, and Kersey Hames; one sister, Marjorie (Kitz) Kitzerow; one brother, Doug (Sue) Scott, and many nieces and nephews.
Her husband and best friend Jerry (in May 2012), her parents, brother Dave, and an infant granddaughter, Marisa Brown, preceded Margaret in death.
A memorial has been established at Big Horn Federal, P.O. Box 471 Greybull, WY 82426. Donations will benefit local Girl Scout Troops.