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Colette M.L. Brown

Born: Wed., Oct. 11, 1944
Died: Mon., Jan. 27, 2020


Family to do services at later date


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Missoula  -  On the morning of October 11,1944, in the charming little town of Vernon, Normandy, France, a little girl, Colette Marie Louisa Jouniaux, was born. Colette grew up in Vernon and received her education there and in Paris. On August 15, 1964, Colette met her husband to be, Walter Brown. After a whirl-wind courtship, they were married on October 22, 1965 in the little town of Gauciel. A year and a half later Walter received orders to report to Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls, MT, due to the closing of Air Force Bases by NATO and the President of France. Upon arriving in Great Falls, there was a blizzard that lasted three days. Colette was shocked and wanted to return to France. However, she stayed, and in the years to come three children were born and life went on…. C’est la vie! After many moves across the country, due to Walter’s military career, they returned to Great Falls to retire from military life. Colette worked at Columbus Hospital in the laboratory for 30 years. At the age of 38, she became ill with breast cancer. After receiving her treatment, Colette went on to change a few things about the care of cancer patients in Great Falls. She helped to start group support meetings and replaced uncomfortable plastic chairs in the waiting rooms with nice stuffed couches and chairs. Most importantly, Colette volunteered for 25 years at the American Cancer Society in the Reach for Recovery program. She felt strongly about visiting and supporting patients who had just been diagnosed with cancer. Upon her retirement, Colette welcomed patients and their families at the Sletten Cancer Center in Great Falls. In 2012, she and Walter retired to Missoula, MT to be closer to their children and grandchildren. There she cared for Walter during his short illness with cancer. He passed in September 2012. Colette enjoyed the beauty of the mountains in Missoula and being closer to family. Her favorite activities included working out with the Silver Sneakers at the YWCA, doing yoga, taking walks with her dogs, volunteering at the Poverello Center, going to the movies, following the British Royal family and taking annual trips abroad. Her most devoted activity was following football, especially the CMR High School football team, the Montana Grizzlies, the SF 49’ers and Joe Montana. Colette loved to laugh and was gifted at connecting with young people through her acceptance of all, establishing life-long relationships with friends of her children and grandchildren. Colette is survived by her children, John (Stephanie) Brown, Mike (Jamie) Brown, Sabrina (Gary) Richlie, and four grandchildren, Tucker Richlie, Eric Richlie, Jenelle Brown and Kurt Brown. She is also survived by extended family in France, Monique (Laurent) Gilbert, Michelle (Francois) Besot, Martine Dugout, Mauricette Delarue, Philippe Dugout, Caroline Zard-Gilbert, Jeremie Gilber, David Besot and Sandrine Dezon. Donations in Colette’s honor can be made to the American Cancer Society. A memorial will be held on Flathead Lake in July 2020, with details to follow. She will be missed dearly.

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