Nettie was born Jan. 23, 1914, in St. Paul, Minn., to John and Martha Henke. They moved to Portland, Ore., in 1916.
Nettie attended Commerce High School in Portland. Her junior year, she moved to Trout Lake and worked in Pearson’s Grocery Store. She graduated from Trout Lake High School. There she met Charles Brown and they fell in love and married on June 23, 1935.
They had four children: Theodore Charles Brown (Sylvia), White Salmon; Aaron Robert Brown (Karen), Vancouver; Janet Nettie Brown (deceased), and Nancy Lou Brown, Vancouver. They also had four grandchildren (Darci, Douglas, Scott and Kari) and 6 great-grandchildren (Stephanie, Jesse, Morgan, Madeline, Joshua, and Sarah).
Nettie was postmaster at Trout Lake Post Office for 20 years before she retired. She loved to fish. Her favorite spot was Mosquito Lake where she could out fish Chuck most of the time. She also did quite well fishing for salmon on the Klickitat River and the White Salmon River.
Nettie loved camping with her kids and grandkids. She also loved to camp and pick huckleberries with family and friends. She would always bring a huckleberry cobbler and ice cream. Nettie had a large garden and a huge raspberry patch. She supplied all her kids with free raspberries.
Nettie loved having all her family home, especially on holidays. She was a wonderful cook.
Nettie was very active in the Presbyterian Church and the Trout Lake Grange.
They moved to White Salmon in 1986. Nettie had a large rose garden there. They got tired of the snow and cold winters so they started going to Yuma, Ariz., for the winter months.
As time went on, it was determined that Nettie had Alzheimer’s, so in 2002, she and Chuck moved to Vancouver, into an assisted living home.
Charles passed away on Feb. 25, 2004, at the age of 95. Nettie passed away on July 7, 2013 at the age of 99½.
Private interment at Trout Lake Cemetery was held on Aug. 28.
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