Fern Ilene Stough was born on October 14, 1918 in White Rock, S.D., the daughter of Frank and Maude (Moriarty) Stough. The family moved every few
years between North Dakota and South Dakota, finally moving to Bemidji when Fern was in her mid-teens and she attended and graduated from high
school there. Fern moved to Milaca, where she worked as a waitress at the Holm’s Café and then worked as a housekeeper for an optometrist in St. Cloud.
She was united in marriage with Leon George Brown on April 18, 1942 at Bemidji. They moved to rural Princeton, where they lived and raised their family. Fern worked as a waitress at the K-Bob Café in Princeton for over 10 years, retiring in 1980. Her husband Leon died on June 20, 1983.
She continued to live southwest of Princeton until entering the Elim Care & Rehab Center in 2007.
Fern served as Sunday School superintendent at the Princeton United Methodist Church, was active in UMW, quilted with the quilting group there,
served as a 4-H leader and as a Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, baking and fishing on the St. Francis River with her girls. She also enjoyed her outings to the casino with her lady friends, and watching sports.
She is survived by six daughters: Lynda (Gordon) Madson of Princeton, Patsy Talberg of Princeton, Kathleen (Jim) Hohlen of Princeton, Georgia Gehlert of
San Jose, Calif., Jackie (Scott) Liestman of Princeton and Eileen (Steve) Sanborn of Blaine; 14 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren; and sister-in-law Lydia Stough of Bemidji.
She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Maude Stough; an infant brother and sister; brother Wendell Stough; sister Alyce Krause; husband Leon Brown and son-in-law Mike Talberg.
The funeral was held on Tuesday, October 9 at the Freshwaters UMC – River Campus, Princeton. Burial was in Oak Knoll Cemetery, Princeton.