Alvina Brown

Alvina A. Brown, age 86, of Kadoka, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Alvina A. Oien was born July 24, 1919, in a little prairie home on the South Dakota plains, in the South Creek Community near Kadoka, South Dakota. Alvina was the sixth of nine children born to Bernhard and Marith (Langorgan) Oien. Joining three brothers and five sisters, Alvina received her education at "Gumbo Lily" and South Creek schools and also Kadoka.

In July 1941, Alvina joined her soul mate, James C. Brown and they were married in Santa Monica, California, on July 29, 1941. During this time that Jim served in the Army Air Force (November 1942 - November 1945) Alvina worked at Temple Square Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. After Jim's discharge, they moved to a ranch seven miles south of Nowlin, South Dakota. They ranched there until November 1957, when they moved to Kadoka.

Alvina worked at Sundet Memorial Hospital in Kadoka from 1957 to 1971. Many a mother has commented on Alvina's dedication to, not only taking care of the sick, but her dedication in helping to deliver and care for the newborn babies that were born there. She was forced to retire from her love of nursing due to ill health in 1971.

After her husband's death on May 6 1988, Alvina continued to live in Kadoka. She was a very independent lady. She was known for her fine crocheting and her meticulous handcrafts and Christmas decorations. She was also known for her Norwegian "Krum Kake" which graced many a table at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Alvina was an avid quilter and cut and pieced many quilts with the Concordia Ladies on Wednesday mornings. Alvina enjoyed the Kadoka Senior Citizens, was a past member of the Legion Auxiliary, and a life member of Concordia Lutheran Church.

Alvina lived very independently in her own home until May 2004, when she entered the Kadoka Care Center.

Survivors include a sister-in-law Edna Oien, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Alvina was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers Einar Oien, Alfred Oien, and Perry Oien; five sisters Magna Oien, Judith Wagley, Lillian Matthews, Marien Heltzel, and Odelfa Newberry; and a niece Katherine (Heltzel) Schrader.

Visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Kadoka, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Ann Schlossnagle officiating.

Interment will be in the South Creek Cemetery near Kadoka.

A memorial is established.