Sophia J. Brown, 101 of Billings, passed away, Saturday, December 10, 2011 at St. Vincent Healthcare.
The daughter of Frank and Frances Groshell, Sophia was born May 14, 1910 in DePue, IL. The family moved to Montana in 1919. Sophia graduated from Senior High School and Johnston Business College.
She married Joseph E. Brown and they raised two sons, Robert and Donald. Sophia worked for JC Penney Company for 27 years.
She is preceded in death by her husband, 2 sons, 3 sisters and 5 brothers.
Survivors include daughters-in-law, Lucille Brown of Billings and Celia Brown of Houston, TX, three grandchildren, Deborah (Benjamin) Lockett of Winter Garden, FL, Joseph E. Brown of Billings, and Donald E. (Joleen) Brown of Billings, 4 great grandchildren, Jessica, Bridger, Logan, and Ben of Winter Garden, FL, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sophia has been a member of St. Patrick Co-Cathedral since 1927 and was a long time member of Senior Citizens and RSVP. She enjoyed traveling, Bridge and gardening.
Vigil service will be 7pm Tuesday at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 12 noon, Wednesday at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral. Following cremation Rite of Committal will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to BACET and the Senior Citizens.
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I always remember going school shopping at JC Penney when Aunt Sophia worked there. That was special. I will remember Aunt Sophia as energetic and always joyful.
I first Met Sophie at the Groshelle Family reunion a couple years back, I couldn’t believe how fast she was moving! I had seen people who were less than 100 before and they always were needing a little assistance with daily stuff. Sophie had just given up her driver’s license and decided to sell her car! I was in awe. I also had the privilege of serving Sophie and the family at the Windmill for her last Birthday, I got many comments from fellow staff about how cute she was, and many shocked faces when I told them she was 101! There were several other birthdays in the restaurant that evening and Sophie could have ran circles around all of them. She was an incredible lady! She will be dearly missed by my Husband Bryan and I and all the family!