June Brown


June Brown, 84, of Baldwin, passed away October 20, 2021, at Sanford Health, Bismarck.   Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at the Bismarck Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held on Friday, October 22 from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. at the Bismarck Funeral Home and continue one hour prior to the start of the service.  Burial will be at the Baldwin Cemetery.  For those not attending, the funeral service will be livestreamed on the Bismarck Funeral Home Facebook page.

She was born in Roseburg, OR on October 7, 1937, to Harold and Laurine (Monroe) Williams.  At a young age her family moved to the Bridger Bowl, MT area, where she started school in Wilsall, MT.  After a few years, the family moved back to ND and finally settled near Baldwin, ND.  June graduated from Regan High School in 1955.  After high school she attended State Teachers College in Valley City and graduated in 1958.  On June 20, 1958, she was married to Louis Brown in Bismarck.  She taught and substituted at rural schools for several years when they were first married.  After she stopped teaching, she became a full-time farm wife and mother to 5 boys.  Louis and June received the Soil Conservation award from the Burleigh County Soil Conservation District in 1988.

June loved to garden, can, bake, cook, sew and quilt, cross stich, play cards & games, fish and raise chickens.  June made a quilt for every grandchild.  Her and Louis were on a bowling league for a few years, and they square danced for quite some time.  She was a member of Homemakers for 50 plus years and held the treasurer position for Burleigh County Homemakers Council.  At one time she was a 4H leader.  She served as treasurer on the township board.  June was also a part of the youth program for Farmer’s Union.  She loved the farm, her boys, and her grandkids.

She has resided at Missouri Slope Assisted Living in Bismarck since 2018.  June made many friends and enjoyed playing cards and games there.

June is survived by 5 sons Keith (Betty) Brown of Crosby, ND; David (Lori) Brown, of Bismarck, ND; Clark (Denise) Brown of Baldwin, ND; Daryl (Michelle) Brown of Sabin, MN; Jody (Nicole) Brown of Baldwin, ND.  13 grandchildren John (Cassy) Malard, Cody (McKenzie) Brown, Casey (Amber) Brown, Kaydee (Ricky) Smith, Kelsey (Cody) Hanson, Lacey (Ryan) Schulte, Lexy (Waylon) Schmidt, Eden (Mitch) McLeod, Louis Brown (Kitty Suronen), Breanna Brown (Josh Nelson), Katelyn Brown, Gus Brown, Clare Brown, and 15 great grandchildren.  3 sisters-in-law Una Mae (Dolly) Butz, Leona (Nonie) Brown, Ardith Williams, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Louis Brown (1993); her parents; her brother, Clifford Williams; and sisters, Darlene Feist and Evelyn Bidgood.

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I knew June very well when we were children. Our families often visited each other. Her mother and I were second cousins although the relationship seemed nearer than that. I regret that I seldom had an opportunity to see June after I moved from North Dakota. My condolences to her family.

This is Lorraine. I should have said that her father, Harold Williams, and I were second cousins.