Alvina Elaine “Viney” Brown, age 93, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Glacier Care Center in Cut Bank.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery in Cut Bank with Pastor Ron Hamm officiating. Arrangements are by Asper Funeral Home. A lunch reception will follow at Cut Bank Prairie Peace Lutheran Church.
Viney was born July 7, 1925 to Grover Leslie and Edith (Boyer) Dipple in a tarpaper shack in the booming Kevin-Sunburst Oilfield. Her father died when she was two and a half years old and her sister June was just an infant. Their mother later married John C. Printy and two brothers, John and James, were born into the family. The family moved extensively, settling in Indiana, Kansas and Texas before returning to Cut Bank where Alvina graduated from Cut Bank High School in 1943. While in high school, she began work at Dave’s Drug on the soda fountain, and, after attending training in Spokane, returned to manage the cosmetics department. She also served as buyer, bookkeeper and cashier and retired after many years and several ownership changes. Viney said she often thought of quitting to be a housewife and stay-at-home mother, but would have missed seeing all the people every day.
On May 5, 1946, Alvina married Robert L. “Doc” Brown and from this union two sons were born: Robert Jr. and John. Viney and Doc were married over 50 years. They enjoyed their cabin and camping with the grandkids and Viney particularly enjoyed cooking, sewing and antiques.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Alvina Lynnette (Lynne) Brown; grandchildren Aaron (Rachel) Brown; Adam (Amber) Brown; Andrew Brown and Chelsey Schwindt; Caitlyn (Daniel) Laasch and seven great-grandchildren: Ashlyn, Ethan and Corin Brown; Ryder, Jameson and Camille Brown; and Loyer Laasch.
Also surviving are her sister, June Duncan; sister-in-law JoAn Printy; brother John (Jean) Printy; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews.
Viney was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Robert Jr. and brother Jim.
Memorials can be made to the Cut Bank Education Foundation and Alumni Association (CBEFAA).
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Glacier Care Center for the kind, loving, attentive care you gave Viney these past seven years. Our community is so blessed to have you.