Our Mom, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, Veledia Regina Ehlert Brown passed away on February 4, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. She was born April 12, 1918 in Glenwood, Alberta, Canada. She was the third child of eleven children born to Martha Anna Thur and Richard Max Ehlert. Both her parents were from Germany and she was proud of her German ancestry.
Growing up in Canada she loved playing sports and spending time with her large family. She credited her mother for teaching her how to work, sew and cook.
She married James Nelson Brown on Jan 14, 1941 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They lived in Glenwood and raised four children Gary, Cheryl, Candy and Bernie. They had a busy life running the town garage, hardware store and working the family farm. They always found time for friends and enjoyed dances in Waterton and family vacations to Lake Blaine, Montana.
In 1956 the family moved to Mesa, Arizona and purchased land east of Mesa to build Brown’s Trailer Town and Trail Riders. They enjoyed the association with many new friends that lived in the park. After Dad passed away Mom continued to run the trailer park with the help of her son Gary.
Mom enjoyed her life. She had the opportunity to travel the world and loved taking care of her house and yard. At fifty she learned to oil paint and earned awards for her work.
She loved her family and loved to cook and plan parties for her nineteen grandchildren and fifty great-grandchildren. Nothing made her happier than having everyone swimming in her pool and eating at her house. She had her last traditional Christmas Eve Party in her home this past December.
She was a lifelong member of the L.D.S. church and always accepted any opportunity to serve. Her current calling at the age of 92 was as a greeter at the weekly Sunday meeting.
We would like to thank church members, friends and neighbors who have loved her through the years. We know how much she looked forward to your visits and she loved you dearly.
Mom is survived by her children: son, Gary(Robin) Brown – Mesa, daughter, Cheryl (Jim) Zaharis – Mesa, daughter, Candy(Dick)Belliston – Orem, Utah, son, Bernie Brown – Scottsdale, brother, Marion Ehlert – Montana, sisters Della Dickenson and Arlene Poorman – Florida, 17 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, two sisters and 2 grandsons.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 at 11:00a.m. in the Maricopa North Stake Center, 1716 North Date Street, Mesa, Arizona. A viewing will be held Friday, February 11 from 6:00-8:00 at Bunkers Garden Chapel, Mesa, Arizona. An additional viewing will be held at the church prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:45. Interment will be in the Mesa Cemetery. Donations in Veledia’s honor may be made to a New Leaf at www.turnanewleaf.org or Hospice of the Valley at www.hov.org.