Wanda Jean Brown

January 22, 1930July 5, 2019

Born 1/22/1930 in Mesa, AZ, passed away peacefully 7/5/2019 in her home in Gardnerville, NV.

Preceded in death by her husband of 39 years Jim Brown; son Robert (Steve) Ripley Brown; granddaughter Karen Killips - Littlefield.

Survived by daughter Peggy Michel and Art Michel; son Dick Ripley and Becky Ripley; daughter Karleen Gansberg and Duane Gansberg; son Jimmy Brown and Bambi Brown. 6 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren.

Wanda was a Gardnerville resident for 41 years and worked for Bentley NV Corp. She retired after it was taken over by General Electric.

Wanda lived a life full of interesting stories that she loved to share. Her stories will live on forever.

To share a memory of Wanda, please visit In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


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Laura Reardon

July 11, 2019

Wanda was an amazingly gentle person who welcomed me with open arms and an open heart when I joined the family. I will always be grateful that she and the whole family were welcoming, caring, and supportive.
Thank you Wanda for being exactly the way you were.

Karleen Gansberg

July 11, 2019

Sitting beside you mom, waiting for you to pass.
One foot in heaven, one here on earth.
You've been my beautiful mom since the day of my birth.
I've had the honor of caring for you in your final days,
It's an honor I didn't know existed.
I never thought it would be me to help you through this journey,
from being the best mom on earth, to transitioning to heaven.
You have filled our family with so much love,
a love that cannot be replaced,
a love that has given me the strength and courage to help you through this.
Soon Jesus will be taking you to heaven,
many family and friends there to welcome you, and it will be a glorious reunion.
Your beautiful soul will be free of all pain,
free of the vessel that once was so strong and carried you through life,
but has now failed you, leaving you weak and in pain.
I love you more than words can begin to describe, and would do anything for you, as you have always done for me.
Rest in Peace my beautiful mom
I wrote this while sitting beside my mom on July 4th, 2019
as she laid peacefully in her bed and I read it aloud to her.