Carol Brown

Carol Brown, 76, of Wayne, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 at Edgewood Vista in Norfolk.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Wayne. The Rev. Carol Jean Stapleton will officiate. Memorial visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Madison, S.D.

Memorials may be directed to the Nebraska Children’s Home and The Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Carol.

Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.

Memorials may be directed to the Nebraska Children’s Home and The Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Carol.

Carol Brown was born in Aberdeen, S.D. Oct. 23, 1942 to Erwin and Rose (Schenk) Fritz and graduated from Brookings in 1960. She worked for the State Welfare Department in Madison, S.D. until 1965, as the Wayne County Court Stenographer until 1989, and became the Deputy Clerk of the Wayne County Court until 2006. She was thorough, accurate, organized, efficient and felt privileged in her duty to marry over 100 couples.

Carol and Richard “Dick” Brown fell in love at first sight, and were married in Aurora, S.D. 58 years ago on Aug. 6, 1961. They were an inseparable couple that will be “together forever.” They adopted their son, Scott Richard, in Oregon in 1966 and in 1968 adopted daughter Cinda Kay in Scottsbluff. Dick and Carol were proud and supportive parents and were strong advocates for adoption.

Carol was involved in Scouting and lead troops and dens over her children’s years in the programs. She was talented at crafting, sewing and knitting. Carol was an excellent baker and cook and volunteered her famous chicken noodle soup for the Masonic Lodge often. She perfected the art of making batches of lefse and enjoyed making and donating detailed doll houses with Dick. Carol loved being a Grandma and seeing joy and hearing laughter in their home. She enjoyed gardening and camping with Dick. Carol worked hard to protect and care for Dick as Alzheimer’s pressed on. She was a member of First United Methodist Church since 1973.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick, last month, and her parents, Erwin and Rose Fritz. 

Survivors include their children Scott (Trisha) Brown of Seattle, Wash. and Cinda Brown (Shawn Empkey) of Norfolk; grandchildren Jesse and Brittany Brown and Calvin and Audrey Empkey; a sister, Susan Shepherd of Edmond, Okla.; brother-in-law, Tim (Darla) Brown of Madison, S.D. and numerous family including nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles and devoted friends, including Brian and Bonnie Loberg and Kelly Grone.

Honorary pallbearers will be Brian and Bonnie Loberg and Kelly Grone.

The Wayne Herald

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