Mary Agnes “Mollie” Brown, 91, of Helena, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.
Mollie Miller was born July 29, 1926, in Hamilton, Montana. She graduated from Hamilton High School in 1944. Her first job was as a licensed abstractor for Dan Geiman in Hamilton. After marrying George Brown of Corvallis, Montana, on Dec. 31, 1945, she and George raised three children; grew hay, wheat, and sugar beets in their farming operations; milked dairy cows; raised beef cattle; and drove school buses for the Corvallis School District for the next 60 years in the Bitterroot Valley.
Mollie was that rare individual who practiced the goodness that was the basis of her faith. She was totally devoted to her family, always did good deeds, and somehow found the boundless strength and energy to endure an exhausting daily schedule. Mollie cooked three meals a day every day before there were quick fix processed foods. She also baked double layer cakes, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, pies, and other delights several times a week. Despite this culinary schedule, she still found the time and strength to help George with the farming and ranching chores while maintaining an immaculate house. In the days before Medicaid and Medicare, Mollie personally cared for her disabled and dying mother for over three years before her mother’s death. But despite her overwhelming daily schedule, Mollie remained active in her church, including lending her beautiful voice to the church choir on special occasions, and never missed attending her children’s school or sporting events.
Mollie celebrated 68 years of marriage to George before he passed away in February 2014. She is survived by her two sons, Steve Brown of Helena and Bob Brown of California; four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Mollie was preceded in death by her only daughter Sharon Gaye Brown; her parents Robert and Mary C. Miller of Hamilton; and her brothers Robert J. Miller (surviving spouse Jean Johnson Miller of Hamilton) and Harry Miller (surviving spouse Hazel Platt Miller) of Polson, Montana.
A celebration of Mollie’s life will be held at the Corvallis Cemetery at a later date.