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At Brown Mortuary Service in Morton, Washington, we help people with compassionate, professional and personal service. Our funeral home team understands you might be coming to us at a very emotional and difficult stage of life, so please know you'll be treated with a caring and thoughtful manner.

Our funeral home is a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers If you choose Brown Mortuary Service, you'll receive not only the compassionate care you expect from a locally-operated funeral home, but also the significant value you deserve from the largest and most trusted network of funeral, cremation and memorialization services.

A welcoming funeral home

At Brown Mortuary Service, we're here to help you. Our funeral home team is experienced at listening to what matters in each individual situation, taking that insight and creating memorable funeral and memorial services. Our role is to support you through this challenging time and guide you through the entire funeral process. We'll help explain all the choices available and answer your questions, so we can find what's right for you.


Brown Mortuary began in 1910 and was originally named Fissell Funeral. It was located on the main floor of the I.O.O.F. Building on Prindle Avenue in Chehalis, Washington. In 1923, Mr. Fissell built a new building a block away from its original location on the corner of Market and Prindle streets. He also owned and operated a funeral home on Maine Street in Morton, Washington.

The Brown family buys the business

Willard and Anne Brown and their partner, Arny Maddison, purchased the funeral homes from Mr. Fissell on March 1, 1952, and Arny Maddison sold his interest in the business to the Brown family in December 1956. The name of the business was changed to Brown Mortuary, with chapels known as Fissell Chapel in Chehalis and Morton Chapel in Morton. In 1957, the Brown family bought the Boone Mortuary located across the street from Fissell Funeral’s original location on Prindle Street.

In 1965, the Brown family purchased land next to the Morton Cemetery, where they constructed a modern, full-service funeral home. The Brown family continued to operate both Chehalis locations until 1978 when Boone Mortuary was closed as a funeral home. Today, the former Boone Mortuary building is the annex and offices for the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Anne Brown ran both locations of Brown Mortuary after Willard’s death in 1986.

Upholding a legacy

As a member of the Dignity Memorial® network, the teams at both Brown funeral homes—North Market Boulevard and Westlake Avenue—continue the tradition set by our founders: compassionate, caring service for all families who come through our doors.

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Ratings & Reviews

Verified Customer Reviews

Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"Going with the local, familiar, small town mortuary was unquestionably the best decision we made. The funeral director, Mindy, made us feel like we were talking to and working with an old friend, a member of the family. She took very good care of us."

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October 2020

"The funeral director, Mindy, was exceptional. She was very caring and professional and extremely responsive. She went above and beyond and exceeded our expectations during a very difficult time in our lives."

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September 2020

"Outstanding staff with integrity and empathy. They made the most difficult experience in our lives go smoothly and our father was treated with respect. Thank you To the staff at Brown. We appreciate you!"

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August 2019

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