BROWN, Hulda

Hulda_Brown
JUNE 12, 1918 -
AUGUST 30, 2010
Hulda Brown - June 12, 1918 – August 30, 2010 - A memorial service was held on September 3, 2010 in Three Hills, Alberta for Hulda Brown (nee Schroeder) who died on August 30, 2010. She was born June 12, 1918 in Main Centre, Saskatchewan and died August 30, 2010 at the Three Hills Health Centre. It was while working in the potato patch behind the red barn on her family's Main Centre farm, that Hulda Schroeder heard the word "Africa" repeated three times. As a teenager, that set the direction of her life's journey as a missionary to the people of central Africa. Determined and obedient to her heavenly calling, she graduated from Herbert Bible School, took a further year of missions study at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, as well as a nine-month medical missionary course in Toronto. After a brief period of French language study in Montreal, she bid her large Mennonite family goodbye and headed by boat to Africa with an inter-denominational mission agency called WEC International. Hulda was soon involved in running a school for boys in Nala, a village in northeastern Congo. Early in her missionary career she fell in love with an Australian man from Bendigo, Victoria who was working with the same mission team. She married Aubrey Brown on December 2, 1948 and over the next several years traveled back and forth to Australia and Canada with their growing family, which by 1958 included four children - Ron, twins Carol and Ken, and David. Hulda's missionary career in the Congo was prematurely cut short by the political events of 1964. She and Aubrey then spent a number of years in mission mobilization in western Canada, based first in Swift Current, Saskatchewan and then in Three Hills, Alberta. In 1971, they would return for four more years in the Congo. After a time managing a seniors' home in Dalmeny, Saskatchewan, they finally settled back in Three Hills in 1979. While in Three Hills, Hulda was active in two women's groups, and enjoyed hosting her family and missionaries as they were passing through. She also found time to write two books. Preceding her to heaven were her daughter Carol in 1990, her husband Aubrey in 1992, and thirteen of her brothers and sisters. Remaining are her three sons and their spouses, David and Dianne, Ken and Teresa, Ron and Myra, eleven grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, sister Luella (Ted) Epp and brother Vic (Martha) Schroeder. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Hulda to WEC International can do so at the following web site: (www.wec-canada.org/giving).~Thank you to the wonderful community of Three Hills where Hulda enjoyed living for her last thirty years. She enjoyed the Prairie Tabernacle congregation, the neighbours on her cul-de-sac next to the campground, and friends and staff at both the Chateau and the Lodge. Thank you to those who helped her, especially in her later years, from the unknown gentleman who picked her up when she fell and broke her arm on the steps of the Post Office, to Peter and staff at the pharmacy, to Monica and her crew at Home Care, to Peter and staff at the Chateau, to Heather and staff at the Lodge, to Dr. Husband, Dr. Dada and staff, to the nurses at the hospital, and for the wonderful Palliative Care room with its volunteers headed by Georgina and finally to Kneehill Funeral Services. You are all truly paying it forward.~With sincere thanks,~the Brown family.