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Helen ” Betty” Brown, 92, of Patterson, CA formerly of Rossville/Hoopeston

Helen ” Betty” Brown, born May 24, 1922, in Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho, passed away on June 18, 2014 in Turlock, California she had just celebrated her 92nd birthday with her family. She lived in the Rossville/Hoopeston, Illinois area for 63 years and then moved to Patterson, California in 2005, after her husband, Oliver Daniel Brown passed away in October of 2004. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Olive Klenck and her sister, Jeanne Klenck Tomasieski.

She was an amazing woman!! Her life was full of adventuresome and interesting events—-from how she met and married her husband ”Brownie” to hearing distress calls from Amelia Earhart on her ham radio when she was just 15 years old. Her hand written “notebook” is now in the Smithsonian Institute and has helped the “TIGHAR” Group in their continuing search for Amelia’s plane. She had appeared in documentaries for both The Discovery Channel and The National Geographic Channel.

She was also an artist and an avid Genealogy buff and had researched the family history back to the 1300’s AD.

Her great love for her family gave her much happiness and enjoyment. She is survived by her daughter, Dona Brown Harper, her son, Daniel (Judy) Brown and 7 grandchildren-Timothy (Tobie) Moyles, Michael (Monica) Moyles, Sheila Moyles (Greg) Garfield, Shannon Moyles, Daniel Oliver (Kelly) Moyles, Toby (Paige) Brown and Tanja Brown Weinard, 14 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the TIGHAR Group- Amelia Earhart Project at

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