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Irene Louise Brown (born Seeley)


Gender: Female

Date of Birth: December 23, 1920

Date of Death: May 8, 2014

Birth Place: Denver, CO

Death Place: Idaho Falls, ID

Irene Brown

Irene Louise Seeley Brown died Thursday, May 8, 2014. She was born Dec. 23, 1920, in Denver. She was the daughter of David Byron Seeley and Louise Niebor Seeley. She lived her first 26 years in Denver. Irene graduated from South High School and the Success Business College, both in Denver. She met Harry Brown at a USO dance in Denver. Afterward, they both rode on the same street car and he escorted her home, where her mother fed them ice cream. He courted her, and they married Aug. 25, 1946. Irene was of major assistance in getting her husband into and through the Colorado School of Mines. She worked there as a professional secretary and also typed term papers and theses for graduate students. After Harry completed his studies, they moved to Kansas City, Kan.; Los Alamos, N.M.; and finally Idaho Falls. They raised three children: Gordon, Gail and Glenda, all of whom were encouraged to be active professionals. Irene’s personal interests included being a dedicated homemaker and parent, bowling, gardening and being tender of three long-lived cats. She was preceded in death by her parents; her younger sister, Martha (Seeley) Fairbanks; and a brother who died in infancy. She is survived by her husband, Harry; her son, Gordon of Boulder, Colo.; two daughters, Gail Shimmin (Michael Shimmin) of Boulder, Colo., and Glenda Brown (Randall Siebert) of Lafayette, Colo.; and two granddaughters, Laura Shimmin (Marcus Wang) of Oakland, Calif., and Karen Shimmin of Chicago. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Published in the Post Register (Idaho Falls, ID) – Sunday, May 11, 2014

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