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Ella Ruth (Kirkland) Brown

Posted 2019-11-06 by Pat R
Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona)
Tuesday, April 11, 2006, p. B8

Ella Ruth Kirkland Brown, granddaughter of an Arizona pioneer, passed away in Phoenix on Friday, April 7, 2006 following her battle with cancer. Her family was with her when God took her home. Ella was a descendant of one of the original pioneering families in the Arizona Territory. Her grandfather, William H. Kirkland moved to the Territory of Arizona in 1855 and was the first American to raise the American flag in the Territory at the Presidio in Tucson. This was the beginning of many firsts for the Kirkland family in the Territory of Arizona. Ella was a 60-year member of the order of the Eastern Star and a member of the First Families of Arizona. She was born in Ray, Arizona on January 11, 1919 and came to Phoenix by wagon in 1922. She attended Monroe School and graduated from the Phoenix Beauty College in 1937. Ella worked as a beautician for over 60-years in the state of Arizona. The oldest of seven children, Ella was preceded in death by her husband, Henry A. "Brownie" Brown; her sister, Ann Murphy; her brother, Wayne Kirkland and her best friend, Helen Long, Murray, Utah. Her memory lives on through her brother, William "Bud" Kirkland, Mesa; her sisters, Nadine Coscarart, Gilbert; Zona Pennington, Lucerne Valley, California; and Patricia Owen, Phoenix; her five children SSG USA Ret. Henry A. "Sonny" Brown (Patti), Phoenix; Phyllis Hinson (Walt), Surprise; Ruth Sterry (Jim), Fresno, California; SSG USA Ret. James Brown (Monica), Phoenix; Thomas Brown, Phoenix; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She also leaves countless other relatives and friends to cherish her memory. A visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at Mercer Chapel, 1541 East Thomas Road in Phoenix, Arizona. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 10 a.m. at Mercer Chapel. She will be laid to rest in the Double Butte Cemetery (Pioneer Cemetery) in Tempe, Arizona.

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