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Viola Brownell

January 13, 1921 ~ August 19, 2017 (age 96)


 Sophia Viola (Moser) Brownell, 96, of Pendroy, Montana passed away Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Pondera Medical Center, Conrad, Montana. 

Viola was born at the family farm six miles southeast of Agawam, Montana to Adolf and Johanna Moser on January 13, 1921.  Viola was the 7th child in a family of eight.

Viola married her soul mate Robert on August 22, 1940.  Robert passed away October 28, 2011.  Robert and Viola were married 71 years. 

Viola was a farmer/rancher, homemaker, wife, mother, and grandmother.  Viola and Robert enjoyed traveling, playing cards, dancing, and just being together.  Viola, most of all, enjoyed baking for all her children and grandchildren.  Viola always had cookies in the cookie jar and in the freezer waiting for her family to enjoy.

Survivors include sons:  Larry Brownell of Conrad, MT, Richard (Carol) Brownell,  David (Linda)Brownell of Pendroy, MT., daughter, Kathleen (Allan) Woeppel of Havre, MT, 26 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren (and one on the way), and 3 great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  Sister, Margaret Rigby of Conrad, sister-in-law, MaryEllen Brownell of Conrad, and a dear friend Barbara Brownell of Conrad.

Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; parents Adolf and Johanna (Gemar)Moser, brothers William, Gustava and Rudolph Moser; sister’s Edna Nelson, Freda Maxwell, Ella Wiest, and daughter-in-law Kathleen Stokes Brownell.

Cremation has already taken place and a public Graveside Service will be at the Hillside Cemetery, Conrad, Montana on September 16, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.  Pondera Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

A reception will follow the burial at the Moose Hall in Conrad, Montana.

The family request in lieu of flowers that Memorials may be made to Pondera Medical Center Community Memorial Garden care of Joann Cobb, Pondera Arts Council Orpheum Theater, Conrad Depot Society care of Bert Rigby, Conrad, Brownell Family Scholarship in care of Jim Meiers, or to one’s choice.    

 Service Information

Graveside Service
September 16, 2017

11:00 AM
Hillside Cemetery
179 Hillside Rd
Conrad, MT 59425

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