Mary Arlene Brown |

Mary Arlene Brown

Mary Arlene Brown passed away on Feb. 25, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada due to complications from emergency surgery. Her children Marlin Brown, Marilee Rippy and Melissa Kindall were at her side.

Arlene was born at the family home in New Castle on Oct. 29, 1935 to Alfred E. and Jennie Westley. She attended school and graduated high school as a New Castle Tiger. She met Marvin Robert Brown at the Silt Bar and Café and danced him off of his feet. They were married on Jan. 10, 1953 and had three children over the next six years. They lived as a couple in the house in which she was born, raising their family.

In 1966, when Re-2 schools consolidated necessitating students being bused to Rifle to attend high school, they decided to move to Glenwood Springs. Arlene got a job as the secretary of the Glenwood Middle School and worked during the summer as a Mountain Bell telephone operator. She was active in the Democratic Party, acting as a precinct committeewoman. She campaigned hard for Gov. Dick Lamm and Senator Gary Hart and Lieutenant Gov. Nancy Dick.

After Marvin’s death in 1976, Arlene went to college; she studied her first year at Colorado Mountain College then moved on to the University of Northern Colorado where she earned a degree in psychology. She tried her hand at social work when she returned home taking in a group of foster children but soon discovered her psychology skills were put to better use in the hospitality and retail arenas. She worked at Marc’s Toys and Pets, Sioux Villa Curio, Village Inn, K-Bob’s Steakhouse, and Buffalo Valley.

In the 1990s, she began snowbirding to Bullhead City, Arizona and working at casinos across the river in Laughlin, NV. Eventually, she made the move to the warm climate permanent. In 2003, she moved to Las Vegas and began working in the gift shops at the Excalibur casino, chatting with every customer who walked through the door.

After her retirement in 2012, she spent her time sending surprise packages to her seven grandchildren and her seven great-grandchildren, putting together photo albums, and organizing family reunions.

Memorial services will be held at the New Castle Community Center in downtown New Castle on Sunday, March 16 at 12:30 p.m.

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