|Remembering Rita Brown|
Rita Rosalie Brown, retired teacher of language arts in the Teacher Corps Division, formerly in the Department of Education at UND, died March 22 in Lakewood Care Center, Baudette, Minn. She was 99.
Brown, daughter of Francis and Marie (Daniels) Schaefer, was born Jan. 19, 1908 in Overly, N.D. She attended school in Bisbee, N.D., and was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. She graduated from high school at the age of 16 and attended Valley City State College, where she earned her two-year teacher's certificate leading her to teaching jobs in Hansboro, Streeter, Picton, Great Walker and Rolla, N.D.
She was united in marriage to Charles Brown on Jan. 2, 1932, in Cando, N.D. They made their home on a farm in Hansboro before moving to Rolla, N.D. Charles died in 1963 and she continued to make her home in Rolla.
She received her B.A. from Minot State in 1964, and then while teaching in Belcourt, N.D., received her master's degree from UND in 1970. She moved to Grand Forks and was employed at UND in the Teacher Corps Division of the Department of Education, teaching language arts for a number of years until her retirement.
Brown continued to make her home in Grand Forks until she entered the Karlstad Health Care Center in 1998, where she resided for two years, then moved to the Lakewood Care Center in Baudette, Minn.
She was very active in sports and music throughout her entire life and was a member of the Silver Haired Legislature for three terms in Grand Forks, and a member of Grand Forks Woman's Club, Grand Forks Scotties, and the Retired Teachers Association.
Brown is survived by her son Charles (Gloria) Brown of Williams, Minn., one grandson, Michael (Tammy) Brown, two step granddaughters, one sister, Edith Peterson of Salem, Ore., along with other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers, Rhinard, Everett, Charles and Burnett; two sisters, Mildred and Lydia.
Memorial services are pending at the Lakewood care Center in Baudette. Internment will be held at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery in Rolla, N.D. Arrangements are with Collins Funeral Home of Greenbush, Minn.