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Otilida Brown

November 11, 1925 — September 13, 2015

Otilida “Tillie” Brown, 89, Center, passed away on September 13, 2015 at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Friday, September 18, 2015 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church, Center. Burial will be at St. Martin’s Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church, Center, with a Parish Rosary at 7 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Otilida was born on November 11, 1925 in Crown Butte to Paul and Veronica (Meuchal) Landeis. She was born, raised, and attended school in the Crown Butte area. As a young girl growing up she loved to sing and play guitar and harmonica with her sister and two brothers. On October 30, 1944 she married Florian Brown and they farmed and ranched in the Center area while raising their five children. In 1972 they moved in to Center which gave her more opportunities to do the things she loved.

Tillie enjoyed being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She had a love for quilting and playing her violin, but her passion was painting and drawing. She had an inspirational love to learn. Generous and giving of her time, Tillie enjoyed volunteering at her church, the Golden Age Center, and the Village Art Gallery.

Blessed to have shared her life are her five children, Corrine Peppard of Fargo; Elaine (Richard) Benz of Dickinson; John (Jodene) Brown of Stanton; Carol (Clyde) Thompson of Bismarck; and Paul (Keri) Brown of Center; 11 grandchildren, James and Tina Peppard, Alecia Benz, Rance (Jenna) Brown, Anthony Brown, and Jenny (Mick) Dettmann, Chad and Craig Thompson, Justin (Kayla) Brown, Kelan (Holly) Brown, and Shae (Jenny) Brown; six great grandchildren; and siblings, Pauline Miller of Mandan and Anton Landeis of Bismarck.

Tillie was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband of 52 years in 1997; a grandson, Ryan Benz; a brother and his wife, Leo (Magdalena) Landeis; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John Miller and Rose Landeis.

“My home is in heaven. I was just traveling through this world.”

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or the Center Art Gallery.

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