Alice Brown

Obituary of Alice Brown




            Alice Ann (Mathes) Brown was born on October 24, 1932, the third of six children, to John “Johnny” W. Mathes SR. and Margaret “Margie” Catherine (Ford) Mathes. After a lengthy illness, on November 20, 2018, Alice left us to rejoin her husband, Robert, in their eternal home, at the age of 86.

            Alice grew up in Norton and graduated from Norton Community High School in 1950. On December 5, 1954, Alice was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” L. Brown Jr., in Norton. They were married 56 years until his passing on April 10, 2011. To this union three children were born, Barbara Ann, Catherine Elizabeth, and Anthony Louis. Soon after their marriage, Alice and Robert moved to Ft. Knox, Kentucky and Frankfurt, Germany, where Robert was stationed with the U.S. Army. After returning stateside, they made their home in Norton until 1964, when they relocated to Goodland, Kansas where they remained for 44 years.

            Alice was an educator by profession, having instructed Business Education at the Northwest Kansas Area Vocational Technical School in Goodland for 36 years and was fondly referred to as Mrs. B. She loved being a teacher and made countless lifelong friends while doing so. Alice was a member of the First Christian Church in Goodland. After retirement from teaching, Alice wrote and published a cook book entitled “Mrs. B’s – Through the Generations – A Cookbook with History.” Alice was well known as a superb baker and cook, and she was always eager to share her baked goods and specialty items with townspeople and friends, especially during the holidays. Year after year, she delivered her goodie baskets and tins throughout Goodland.

            Alice was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, cousin, and aunt to her family and will be greatly missed. She was a beloved friend to many and always had an outstretched hand to those in need. Her favorite color was red, she loved her family and friends dearly, and was fond of listening to music, particularly the Statler Brothers.

            Survivors include: two daughters, Barbara Brown, Deermont, CO; Catherine, and husband Gary, Crossley, Independence, MO; granddaughter, Emily (Brown) VanScoik, Sturgis, MI; sister, Patricia Mathes; brothers, David Mathes and Jimmie Mathes, all of Colorado; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Mathes; Rosa Brown, both of Norton; several other relatives and friends

            Alice was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Anthony, one sister, Mary Ward, one brother, John “Bill” Mathes Jr., several other relatives she loved dearly and is now rejoicing with.


GRAVESIDE SERVICES – Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – 1:30 P.M.

INTERMENT – Norton Cemetery – Norton, Kansas

MEMORIALS – Alice Brown Memorial Fund

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