On Wednesday, October 19, 2022, Giitaagonaabek – Elizabeth Brown (nee Windigo), from Rainy River First Nations, peacefully passed away at the Emo Health Centre with her family by her side. Elizabeth was born November 4, 1919, in Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation (Red Gut), to Margarette Windigo and Louie Fernette.
She is survived by her children Patsy Allan, Lucille Eldridge, Bernice Dohmen, Elaine Copenace, Lou-Ann (Murry) Bombay, Evangeline Brown; along with 39 grandchildren Norman Jr (Lois) Allan, Shirley Allan, Charlene Allan, Terry (Michelle) Allan, Sandra (Kevin) Tuesday, Tracy Allan; Diane Geissler; Gerry (Tanya) Hunter, Ernest Brown, Alton Brown; Lee-Ann Brown, Carrie Ann (Brian) Brown; Dennis Jr. Dohmen, Benjamin (Jen) Dohmen, Denise (Wally) Wilson, Dyan Vizner-(d); Rebecca & Eugene Brown, Amanda Bruyere, Amy (Riel) Brown and Riley Brown; Lori Copenace (d), Anthony Jr. (Terri-Ann) Copenace, Marc Copenace, Alana Copenace (d), Todd Copenace; Leslie Brown-LaRoque; Richard Brown-Bombay (d), Elizabeth (Brian) Lapointe, Maria Bombay, Tiffany Bombay; Melissa Brown, Rachel Brown, Garry Brown, Brandon Brown, Ikwezens Brown-Handorgan; including 71 great-grandchildren, 76 great-great-grandchildren and two great-great-great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth is predeceased by her husband Benjamin Brown Sr., and her parents Margarette Windigo and Louie Fernette; her siblings Rose-Marie Perrault, Michele Windigo, Jim Windigo and Jim Fernette; her children Roy Brown, Eugene Brown, Benjamin Brown Jr., Ernest Brown, Loretta Vivie, Cecil Brown; her sons-in-law Norman Allan, Fred Eldridge, Dennis Dohmen, Anthony Copenace and daughter-in-Law Lucy Brown; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren Jason Allan, Rayna Lynn Tuesday and Ryder Lynn Horton, Angel Allen-Marchuk, Rhiannah Allen, Rayna); Rachel Hunter, Christie Hunter; Ernie Jr Brown Samantha Brown; Sandy Roberta Lee Cloud, Adja Brown, Chadrack Dohmen, Brandi Lee Dohmen, Dyan Vizner; Baby Brown; Lori Copenace, Alana Copenace, Delaine Copenace; Richard Brown-Bombay. Elizabeth enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going to Pow Wow’s, dancing Jingle Dress, crocheting little booties and dolls, blueberry and wild rice picking, listening to her favourite singer George Jones, she loved to Jig, playing cards, going to bingo and casino’s and she was the best bannock maker in town!
A traditional Wake was held on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. at Rainy River First Nations gymnasium.
A Catholic Service was held at 9:30 a.m. at the gymnasium on October 24, 2022, by Fr. Biju Mathew officiating, followed by a Traditional Service commencing at 10:00 a.m. by Elder Albert Hunter and three helpers.
Interment took place at the Brown Family plot in Rainy River First Nations, with a luncheon following at RRFN gymnasium.
Honorary Pallbearers; Marc Copenace, Todd Copenace, Jackie Lizotte, Damon Dohmen, Gerry Hunter, Alton Brown, Ben Dohmen, Annie McGinnis and Mamuch Brown
Pallbearers; Charlie Windigo, Dennis Egan, Garry Brown, Brandon Brown, Bruce Wilson and
Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home Ltd.