In Memory of BettyJo Brown
January 14, 1928 - January 6, 2017
BettyJo Brown, 88, of Spooner passed away quietly at Spooner Health on Friday, January 6, 2017. BettyJo was born on January 14, 1928 in Springfield, Missouri to Walter and Rosa Clayton. They moved to Nebraska and then to the Dunn Lake area of Spooner in 1932.
In the spring of 1935 the family went to Palmer, Alaska as part of the colony settlement of the Matanuska Valley which is documented in the PSB film, Alaska Far Away. In 1937 they moved back to Spooner. BettyJo attended the Dunn Lake School and graduated from Spooner High School in 1945.
On April 28, 1945, she married Robert L. Brown. They moved to Napoleon, Ohio where she was employed as a bookkeeper at Dawson Motor Sales. In 1949 they returned to Dunn Lake. Later she was employed by Red Cross Pharmacy and Lampert Yards. Bob and BettyJo operated Brown’s Bait and Tackle Shop on Dunn Lake for 20 years, creating lasting friendships with those living and vacationing on area lakes.
BettyJo was very active as a volunteer for Railroad Memories Museum. She served on the Board of Directors as the treasurer, recruited volunteers, spearheaded fundraising efforts, and organized many events during the past 25 years. She was a tireless advocate for the museum. She was a member of Spooner United Methodist Church, a Girl Scout volunteer and an Emergency Fire Warden for 64 years.
BettyJo is survived by her daughter, Teri (Kenneth) Schult; grandchildren, Carl Schult and Amy Schult and husband Peter Tharaldson; a brother Max (Cynthia) Clayton; nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Robert; her parents; brother, Dale; and sister, Lucille.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. on Friday January 13, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spooner.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to give memorials to Spooner United Methodist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Railroad Memories Museum, or Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary, or a charity of their choice.