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Anice Brown, 78

Anice Brown, 78, went to be with the Lord on April 22, 2022 due to complications from heart failure.

Anice Brown was born and raised with her three siblings in Greenbush, Roseau County, by her mother, Selma Brown.  She graduated from Greenbush High School in 1962 and attended Bemidgi State University until moving to Chicago, Illinois in 1964, where she was hired by Leo Burnett Worldwide and worked for 20 years.  During this time, she continued her education at Northeastern Illinois University and earned her BA in Early Childhood Education, two masters; one in special education and one in guidance and counseling all with honors and as a member of Alpha Chi honor society.

In 1986, Anice began a career as an elementary school teacher in the lower Yukon, Alaska where she taught for 27 years teaching hundreds of native children to read and count numbers, mainly as a Kindergarten and first grade teacher.  During those years, she took a 5 year break to care for her ailing aunt and spend time with family.  Anice retired at age 75.  Anice was a strong Christian woman and spent much of her life in church, praying, reading the bible, singing in the church choir and volunteering as a children’s leader in Awana Clubs.

Anice is survived by and will be especially missed by her sister-in-law, Susan Brown of Strathcona, seven nieces and nephews, a half-brother and two half nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents, her sister, two brothers, two half-siblings and numerous beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at the United Free Church, 845 Old Ridge Rd., Greenbush, MN with fellowship at the church immediately after.

Interment was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Greenbush.

Arrangements are with Collins Funeral Home of Greenbush

Collins Funeral Home


  1. Lynn Covlasky on November 6, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Anice was a dear friend and colleague in Alaska. Her hard work and dedication to her students and her school encouraged me. I loved working with Anice, and I miss her. I know that she is with the Lord now, and rejoice that I will see her again some day.

  2. Sara Prince on November 6, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    Anice was a pure follower of Christ Jesus. I got to know and learned from Anice Brown with many teaching techniques , classroom management, high expectations for students and most of all true honesty with working with students in education. I know Anice gave her All as she taught with dignity, respect, honesty, integrity to all her students. She was well organized and had very high I mean HIGH Expectations for her students. She was well prepared with her assignments never did she allow students to sit with nothing to do. I saw gave with her all her heart to many of the students she worked with. She always loved to celebrate the Holidays with God involved in her own special way. She has taught me so many teaching skills and not only that she was a pure friend. Oh, how I loved her kindness one that no one can give! She greeted everyone with her contagious smile and her loving personality. She sure dedicated her teaching to everyone not just to her students. The beautiful costumes she made for her students had a meaning especially for Christmas and Easter. The true meaning of Jesus Christ that he was born and is Risen. I will never forget this ever! Anice was always happy and fun to work with. She always had educational activities for her students, and I mean always! I loved working with her. She once told me, Sara God sent me here to Kotlik to someone like you! That was amazing to hear and it touched my heart to hear an elderly teacher say such thing. I can say I was blessed to know a true follower of Jesus and got to learn and work with her. Last Christmas she sent my a Christmas package, the best package I ever received and it had many books about the teaching of God. My dear friend, rest in God’s Kingdom, you serve deserve all his Glory because you shared his to many. I can say you are one of God’s Saints in Heaven. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the good and the glory of God you instilled in my heart.

  3. Della Kamkoff on November 6, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    I’m sorry to hear of the passing of dear Anice Brown. She was my kids teacher in Kotlik, Alaska. A fond memory I have of her is her cheering! She would come to a high school basketball game ,volleyball, or any kind of sport and sit there and cheer non-stop. We can hear her loud voice over the entire crowd. She loved teaching and was so dedicated to all her kids. She will be missed.

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