Brownfield, Ina M. Lee – Obituary

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Sep. 16, for Ina Brownfield, 74, in the Elliott Chapel with burial in the Forest Park Cemetery. Mrs. Brownfield, the widow of the late Dr. H. W. Brownfield, was well known throughout the county, as she served Harper County as register of deed for 22 years.

Mrs. Brownfield, born in Columbus, Ind., came to Harper County with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall D. Lee when she was five years of age. She held the honor of being a member the longest in the Methodist Church in Anthony. Her membership in the church meant a great deal in her life and Mrs. Brownfield’s life certainly exemplified the teachings of her faith in humanity. During her whole life, she went that “extra mile” to help someone. Her friendship has been cherished by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.

Mrs. Brownfield made many friends in her office as register of deeds, and was often praised for her service given in that capacity. At the time of her untimely death to assist with the installation of a photo static machine to be installed in her office in the near future. She always approved of advancement and progress in her work.

Immediate survivors include a sister, Mrs. Helen Planck of Orlando, Fla., a niece, Mrs. Jack Childs of California, Mrs. Virginia Durrer, Ogden, Utah, a niece, and a nephew, Marshall King of California.

Rev. Charles Curtis, pastor of the Methodist Church officiated at the services. Mayford Graves, soloist, was accompanied by the organist, Mrs. Alice Meador. The pallbearers were Harold Brand, Jim Robinson, Rodney Olmstead, Harry Downing, Frank Mahler, and Clarence Hoopes.


The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary wish to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the late Ina M. Brownfield for the help and the work that she has done for the veterans in registering and furnishing certified copies of their discharges free of charge.

She was the first Register of Deed in the State of Kansas to perform such a service. This service made it possible for many veterans to obtain many benefits to which they were entitled. Signed: American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary

Contributed by: Shelli Steedman



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