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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Muriel Brown ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Muriel Brown
MAIDEN NAME: Smith AKA 1:  AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
BORN: 14 Nov 1923 DIED: 6 Jun 2014 BURIED: 
BIRTH PLACE:  Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Lake Oswego, Clackamas Co., Oregon

Name of father Carl Fabritus Smith

Maiden name of mother Blanch Wright

MARRIAGE - Robert E. Brown, 18 Sep 1945, Salem, Oregon

"Brown-Smith Nuptials Held

SALEM, Sept 22, (Special) - Miss Muriel Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl F. Smith, became the bride of Cpl. Robert Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Brown Tuesday night in the First Presbyterian church; Rev. Chester Hamblin officiated. Mrs. Virginia Ward Elliott sang and Mrs. Ralph Dobbs played the wedding music. Mrs. Shriely and Mrss Barbara Smith, sisters of the bride, lighted the altar cangles.

Mr. Smith gave his daughter in marriage. Mrs. T. T. Ogdahl was Matron of honor and Oren Robertson of Seattle was best man. Ushers were Sgt. Talph Smith and Nap Rocque Jr.

After a reception the couple left on a short wedding trip. Cpl. Brown just returned from the European theater of operations."

Oregonian, The (Portland, Oregon) 23 Sep 1945, 43:1


Muriel Smith Brown died peacefully on June 6 at Oswego Place. Muriel was a true Oregonian, the fourth great-granddaughter of Tabitha Brown, "Mother Symbol of Oregon." Those early roots go back to Tabitha's 1846 journey on the Oregon and Applegate trails. Muriel was always very proud of Tabitha's brave adventure and the growth of Tabitha's little school into Pacific University. 

Muriel's parents were Carl Fabritus Smith and Blanch Wright; this branch of the Browns descends through Tabitha Brown's daughter, Pherne Pringle of Salem. 

Muriel was born and raised in Salem, where she graduated from high school. She was a loyal friend who kept in touch with many of her Salem friends until recent years. She attended Oregon State University and was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta. In 1942, Muriel joined the staff of the Oregon Selective Service Appeals Board. She married Robert E. Brown, of Salem, in 1945, after his return from WW II. Muriel and Bob were together until 1972. In 1955, Bob and Muriel built their family home on Fairmont Road, near the Lake Oswego City Swim, enjoying many sunny summers there. Transfers took the family to La Habra, Calif. in 1965. There, Muriel worked for Equifax until her retirement in 1988. She returned to Lake Oswego where she volunteered at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Loaves & Fishes, raised absolutely beautiful dahlias and still swooned over Frank Sinatra. 

Muriel will be missed by her family. She is survived by her younger sister, Shirley Smith, sons Robert (Joann) and Bruce (Marla) and their families; her sister-in law, Doris Smith, and beloved nieces and nephews. 

A celebration of Muriel's life will be held at 11 a.m. July 26 at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 19200 Willamette Drive, West Linn. 

Muriel was lovingly laid to rest by her family at the Pioneer Cemetery in Salem.

Lake Oswego Review  22 Jul 2014


SPC Authorization for Burial

Oreg 23 Sep 1945, 43:1

LOR  22 Jul 2014


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