Lila Jean Brown went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Central Wyoming Hospice. She was born on September 20, 1929 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Clyde and Geraldine Holland. She was raised in Laramie, Wyoming by her beloved grandparents, Ben and Hester Stetson. She graduated from Laramie High School and attended a half year at the University of Wyoming. Lila Jean moved with Western Union to Casper, Wyoming where she met and married LeRoy Bramson. They had one daughter Vicki Bramson Cox and later divorced. She then married William H. Brown and his children: Ronald, Denise, Scott, and Curt Brown.
Lila Jean worked for the Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in setting up The National Security Seminar and helped with numerous Ranch City parties. She was the Secretary of the Year in 1961 through the National Secretaries Assoc. In 1964, she became executive secretary to the first president of Hilltop National Bank. She worked as an Assistant Cashier and later became Assistant Vice President. She became the first woman bank officer in the state. She belonged to Zonta Club and helped start the America Institute of Banking classes for bank employees at Casper College. Jean later worked at Kerr-McGee as a land secretary, Spearhead Energy as office manager, secretary at the Physical Therapy Dept. at Wyoming Medical Center, retiring in 1997. She went on to work at Wind City Physical Therapy, Therapy Solutions, and KUYO Christian Radio Station. Jean served on the Board of Directors for Hospice and volunteered at True Care. She retired at the age of 80 after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. But for the cancer, she would still be working.
Jean dedicated the last half of her life to Evening in the Word Bible study, which she helped launch. She facilitated that study for 13 years and went on to the new Community Bible Study which is still meeting. She helped co-chair the Old Faithful Women’s Retreat on Casper Mountain. Jean had a passion for women’s Bible studies and mentoring. She volunteered at the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention. A true highlight of her life, was taking a mission trip to Paraguay. She so wanted to continue mission trips. Jean joined Hilltop Baptist (First Southern Baptist) in 1977. She was an integral part of her church community serving in any capacity needed. She loved the ministry of Set Free and served on the Board of Directors.
Lila Jean was preceded in death by the love of her life, Bill Brown and grandson, Randy Calder. Also, her parents, grandparents, aunts, and cousin Verle. Survived by her children: Ron and Sherrie Brown, Vicki & Russ Cox, Dennis and Denise Calder, Scott and Joni Brown, and Curt and Sharon Brown. Grandchildren: Travis, Shane, Jennifer, Christine, Ryan, Dean, Amanda, and William. Great-Grandchildren: Kendall, Kiara, Kobe, Noah, Morgan, Jordan, Kaleb, McKenzie, and Finnigan.
In lieu of flowers contributions should be made to Central Wyoming Hospice in Lila Jean's name.
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