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Elder Victor L. Brown's wife dies at age 74

Lois Ashton Kjar Brown, wife of Elder Victor L. Brown of the First Quorum of the Seventy and former Presiding Bishop of the Church, died Sept. 17 at her home of natural causes. She was 74.

One of eight children, she was born May 13, 1915, in Salt Lake City to Joseph Edward and Effie Morris Ashton Kjar. She graduated from LDS High School in 1931. She continued her education at BYU and the University of Utah for two years before she married Victor L. Brown in the Salt Lake Temple Nov. 13, 1936. Although she did not receive a college degree, she took classes periodically throughout much of her adult life.During Elder Brown's administration as president of the Salt Lake Temple, from June 1985 through August 1987, she served as temple matron.

She served as a counselor in ward Relief Society presidencies in Denver, Colo., and Salt Lake City, and was a member of the Salt Lake Valley View Stake Relief Society board. She also served in Primary presidencies and taught in Relief Society and Primary, and was an organist and chorister in Primary and Relief Society.

She was an accomplished pianist. As a young woman, she often accompanied her father's singing group, the Criterion Quartet, which performed on KSL-Radio.

Among her family, friends and associates, Sister Brown was recognized as a gifted writer of poetry and "significantly personal" letters and notes.

For several years Sister Brown did volunteer work for LDS Social Services, working specifically with unwed mothers. Also, she was a volunteer in the Granite School District, working with reading groups among grade school students.

Family members and friends remember her as a woman who loved the homemaking arts; she was described as an excellent cook and gifted seamstress. Her children remember that she made their home so inviting that when they were teenagers their friends always loved coming to their home.

Sister Brown is survived by Elder Brown; three sons and two daughters, Victor L. Brown, Jr., Citrus Heights, Calif.; Gerald E. Brown, Alta Loma, Calif.; Stephen M. Brown, Salt Lake City; Joanne B. Soderborg, Murray, Utah; and Patricia B. Glade, Salt Lake City; and 26 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters.

Her funeral was Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Eagle Gate 2nd Ward, Salt Lake Eagle Gate Stake; burial was in Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park in Salt Salt Lake City.

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