Gertrude Lorene Mangis Brown

July 5, 1918June 1, 2012

Brown, Gertrude “Lorene”

(Age 93)

Long-time Creston resident Gertrude “Lorene” Brown passed away on June 1, 2012 at the Cheney Care Center in Cheney Washington. She was 93. Lorene was born to Fred and Mae Mangis at their farm east of Creston on July 5, 1918. She attended school in Creston and graduated with the class of 1937. On August 31, 1939 she married Tony Brown, Jr. and began her married life at their home on Main Street in Creston which would be her home for the next 71 years. Lorene spent much of her life as a homemaker. She loved Creston and was a member of most of the women’s organizations in Creston and Lincoln for a time. She was a life-time member of the Creston Christian Church. Her community activities were the Christian Women’s Fellowship, Civic Club, and for eight years a Cub Scout den mother. Her hobbies included: scrap booking, cooking, gardening and card playing ---Pinochle & Rummy. She particularly enjoyed many hours maintaining her yard and flowers. She never lost her farm girl roots. She greeted people with her broad smile and gentle nature. In the early 60’s she began an eighteen year period as a waitress at various places in Creston, Davenport and Wilbur. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mae Mangis, husband Tony Brown, Jr., son Larry Brown, granddaughters Adair Brown & Wanda Brown, brothers Jerry Mangis & Jess Mangis, sisters, Doris Douglas & Ethel Sterett. Survivors include daughter Beverley Vaughan of Creston, son Darrel Brown of Creston, granddaughter Wendy Olson of Chewelah, grandson Chris Brown and wife Colleen of Northglenn, Colorado, great grandson Josh Brown of Chateau, Montana, great grandson Tony Brown of Spokane and great granddaughter Brittany Silver and husband Shawn of Deer Park, WA , great great granddaughters Paige Brown & Zoey Silver and great great grandson Cole Brown; brother Gale Mangis of Grandledge, MI and numerous nieces and nephews. Interment services will be held at the Creston Cemetery on June 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. with Memorial service following at the Creston Christian Church at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Guy Schmielau officiating. Memorials may be made to the Creston Christian Church or the Creston Alumni Association. Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA is caring for the family.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, June 9, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 9, 2012

Gertrude Lorene Mangis Brown

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Jennifer Irene

June 25, 2012

May you find peace in death Great Aunt Lorene. From all the stories I've heard I wish I would have had the privilege of knowing her, Gpa has always had fond memories to share. Most sincere condolences to my Mangis's

June 20, 2012

Betty Beebe
Spokane, WA

Bettie Smith

June 20, 2012

Was so sorry to learn of your Mother's passing She was such a nice person and fun to know. God Bless you in this time of sorrow.
Bettie Smith
Medina, OH

Karla Hoffman

June 17, 2012

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. I'm sending you a hug from afar.

June 12, 2012

Your Mother was a blessing to all who knew her and she will truly be missed. May the peace that passes all understanding be in your hearts and minds today.
Much love,
Merna Cassel Smith

Gale Mangis

June 6, 2012

We express our sincere condolences for the loss of your Mom, a truely great
person, wonderful friend and sister. Love you, Gale Mangis, Suzanne Smaltz, Jennifer Smaltz, Scott and Emi Mangis, Lori and Steve Dale, Kelly and Melissa, and Nicole Mangis