MONTE VISTA— Mildred Louise “Micke” Brownell, 96, of Monte Vista passed away on May 6, 2013 at the Legacy Assisted Living Center.
She was born Oct. 9, 1916 in Primghar, Iowa to Herman and Rae Bonath. She married John Brownell on July 20, 1949 in Denver.
Micke attended schools in Iowa and graduated from high school there. She taught classes at a rural school in Iowa even before she attended a junior college. She later transferred to the University of Colorado in Boulder where she graduated. She resumed teaching in Denver and then took a job with the Colorado Potato Growers Exchange in Denver. It was through this position that she met and fell in love with her soon to be husband and potato grower, John Brownell. They became potato, grain, alfalfa and livestock producers and established a wonderful farm near Hooper.
They raised three children, Beth, a realtor in Albuquerque and John and Brian, both Potato farmers near Hooper.
Micke loved to hunt arrowheads and had a huge collection from her many years of “looking where you walk.” She also loved to play bridge and to go exploring with her family. After retiring from farming, Micke and John moved to Alamosa. They spent most of the summer and fall in Alamosa and winter in Maui, Hawaii. They would later spend the winter in California or Arizona but always returned to the Valley in the summer.
She is survived by her daughter Beth Brownell of Albuquerque, N.M., sons; John (Teri) Brownell and Brian (Deborah) Brownell both of Alamosa, grandchildren; Lindsey Brownell, Heather Brownell, Anna Brownell, Patrick Brownell, Bridgett Brownell, Elaina Brownell and one great grandchild Ezra Lopez.
Micke was preceded in death by her husband John, brother Loren, sisters Ruth, Marjorie and Lorene.
Cremation was selected and, per Micke’s request, there will be no services held.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the San Luis Valley Historical Society or to Hospice Del Valle and may be sent in care of Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa.
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