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Eunice Brown


Eunice Brown

Eunice Colyar Brown, former long-time resident of Colfax, died June 12, 2020, in Yuma, Ariz. She and first husband Ralph Colyar traveled back and forth between Colfax and Yuma as some of the first "Snowbirds".

Born on July 18, 1928, to William and Georgia Hunt Cochran, she was raised in the Colfax area through high school. As a teen she worked at the Roxie Theatre on Main Street. After graduating, she worked for Pacific NW Bell's main office in Colfax. She married Ralph Colyar on September 11, 1949. Eunice was a homemaker and mother, who later went on to work at ONB, now known as US Bank, for 20 years. She retired to travel with Ralph all around the western States, finally settling down in Yuma, "where the sun always shines," she would say.

It was in Yuma where Ralph passed away on January 2, 1981. She loved Yuma and stayed there, meeting Clair Bown. This was the perfect match. He was a Shriner and they gave many hours to hamberger feeds, parades and elegant events, always raising money for their Shriner Kids.

Clair's nickname was "Charlie" Brown. Charlie and Eunice traveled some, but enjoyed that Yuma sun in their home on 37th Street. She enjoyed crafts and played cards with her friends, after she lost Charlie.

Surviving is her daughter, Donna (Jerry) Kincaid of Colfax; three neices and one nephew; grandchildren, Stanley (Rosa) Parks of Brewster, Dwayne (Vicki) Parks of Everette, Tammy (Todd) Zander of Lolo, Tim (Heather) Kincaid of Stansberry Park, Utah. Also surviving are 11 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests donations in lieu of flowers to Compassus Hospice, in Yuma, for their wonderful care: 2320 S. 22nd Drive, Yuma, Arizona, 85346.


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