Beloved mother, grandmother and friend, Zelma Brown passed away on Feb.7, 2014, at Highland Manor in Elko.
A descendent of Utah pioneers, Zelma was born June 17, 1928 in Hinckley, Utah, to Ernest and Alvaretta Bridges Draper. Her father died in 1935, in Twin Falls ID. Times were very hard for the family of six children and their young mother. In 1941, Zelma’s mother married Ivan B. Cobb and they moved to a farm near Twin Falls. There Zelma met Ralph Brown and on August 8, 1944, they traveled to Elko NV to get married.
The young couple moved from Idaho to McGill, Nevada in1946. Ralph worked as a molder at the Kennecott Copper smelter while Zelma lovingly cared for their home and six children. After a strike in the late 60s the Browns lived in Elko while Ralph worked as grounds-keeper at the County fairgrounds. They returned to McGill where Ralph passed away in Feb.1975.
As a young widow, Zelma learned to drive and got a job as a janitor and lunchroom helper at McGill grade school. The job was demanding but she enjoyed it and had many funny stories to tell of her years at the school. In 1992 Zelma retired as the head janitor. She later moved to Elko to be near her children and grandchildren.
Zelma was a member of Rebekah Lodge #30 in McGill. She enjoyed activities at the Senior Center, especially bingo.
Playing rummy, and watching classic western movies were favorite pastimes. Zelma was a great cook and could easily prepare a meal for a crowd. She was at her best celebrating all the holidays, dyeing Easter eggs, sending Valentines and handing out treats on Halloween.
Zelma was preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings Floyd, Lloyd and Emeral Draper, Luella Shatto and Maurine Perkins, also by her daughter Vera (Mike) White and two great-grandbabies. She is survived by four sons, Richard (Linda) Brown, Clifford (Lynne) Brown, Gerald Brown, Joel (Paula) Brown and a daughter, Carin (Melvin) Simmons, all reside in the Elko area. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Zelma’s family would like to thank Dr Hogle and his nurse Tami, the staff at the BeeHive and Highland Manor for helping to make her last years more comfortable. A graveside service will be held in the Ely Cemetery at a later date. Condolences can be mailed to Zelma’s family at PO Box 445 Elko NV 89803.