Alverna Edith was born January 15, 1920 the second child to Phillip and Edith (Nelson) Sanger in Franklin County Nebraska. Alverna passed away at the Golden Living Center in Franklin on November 5, 2007. She attended school near the farm home of her parent's on the Reamsville road in Smith County Kansas. Alverna and her brother, Richard, enjoyed the times they had growing up. Family gatherings with her grandparents and extended family were good times. She was baptized into the Christian faith at Alma Nebraska by Rev. H. A. Bourue on 8-23-36 in Alma Nebraska.
She married Vernon E. Brown at Mankato, Kansas on March 29, 1941. She and Vernon made their home north of Reamsville on the farm they purchased. She was a helper to Vernon with the farm work and chores, working along side him in all the fields. They milked many cows and raised other livestock. They were able to do some traveling although some of the most enjoyable times were when family joined them at their farm pond for fishing expeditions. Picnics and overnight camping at the pond will be remembered by all. Although they were never blessed with a child of their own, they took an active part in nieces, nephews, and cousin's children.
They loved square dancing and hosted a dance once a month at the Reamsville school house. They also attended square dances at Bloomington, and Macon weekly. Vernon was killed in a farm accident in 1974. Alverna moved to Franklin living in her house on 12th Avenue until 2007 when she moved to Assisted Living. She enjoyed living in her room and taking part in the activities at the center. Alverna had the opportunity to travel many places, visiting many of the states including Hawaii. She went to the Senior Citizens Center for meals and companionship often. She and others from the community would go to bingo games several times weekly.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Richard, her husband, and her good friend and cousin, Laoma Grube. She is survived by her niece, Patricia Ann Gillette from Fayetteville, North Carolina, her sister-in-law, Vetral Sanger of Columbus, Mississippi, her husband's sister, Wilma Traucsh, and husband Maurice of Roseland, sister-in-law Ruby of Texas, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.