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Marian Elizabeth (Oser) Brown

August 27, 1927 ~ August 30, 2020 (age 93)


Marian Elizabeth (Oser) Brown, 93, of Baker City, Oregon passed away on August 30, 2020 surrounded by her family.

Marian was born August 27, 1927 in Great Bend, Kansas to Otto Oser and Elisa (Ludwig) Oser.  She was the fourth of five daughters, Ruby Tucker, Ruth Ek, Frieda Miller, and Margaret Wilkens who were also born in Great Bend.  Marian graduated from Sweetwater Union High School in National City, California at the age of 16. In 1947 she moved to Baker City, Oregon to work with her stepbrother, Bill Burnside at Burnside Chevrolet. 

In May of 1954, she married Donald Allison and they had three children, Steve, Kimberly, and Lynne. The family lived throughout the country until 1970 when Marian and her children returned to Baker City.  Marian met John M. Brown and his three children, JB, Vicki and Jeff shortly after returning to Baker City and John and Marian married in 1974.

John and Marian took an interest in their community and joined many organizations and volunteered at the Crossroad Art Center where they became known as Norman and Ethel from “On Golden Pond”, the Oregon trail Interpretive Center, the Geiser Grand Hotel, and the Baker City Historical Society.  Marian was also a member of the Stephens Episcopal Church and the CJ Chapter of PEO.

Marian is survived by her three children, Steve Allison, Kimberly Clarke, Lynne Hanna, her stepchildren, Vicki Jurgensmeier, JB Brown and Jeff Brown, her sister Margaret Wilkens, 16 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, John Brown, her parents and three of her sisters.

Contributions in memory of Marian may be made to St. Stephens Episcopal Church or the Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre through Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, Oregon, 97814.

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