Elva Love Brase


Elva Love Brase, 90, of Payson, died on Aug. 27, 2006.

Until her recent illness, Mrs. Brase lived at the Payson Senior Apartments and Powell House where she was assisted by the thoughtful and caring staff. In her final days she received the wonderful care of RTA Hospice in Payson and the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community.

Mrs. Brase was born in Modesto, Calif., on Nov. 21, 1915. She lived in California until 1973, when she moved to Washington, where she lived for 15 years. She then moved to Scottsdale for a brief period before following family to the island of Molokai, Hawaii, for nine years. She returned to Apache Junction in 2000 and then moved to Payson in 2004.

Mrs. Brase grew up on a rice farm in the San Joaquin Valley of California. She trained as a beautician in Fresno and spent the World War II years caring for her first two children as her husband, Ferdinand, served with the Army in Europe. She often recalled visiting her favorite uncle, for whom she was named (Alva), in Kingman, Ariz. She marveled at finding a picture of herself as a young girl at the Kingman Historical Society in a display regarding the early history of Kingman.

She is survived by her son, Michael William Brase of Tokyo, Japan, her son- and daughter-in-law, Larry and Joyce Kennedy of Payson, two grandsons, Curtis Ferdinand Kennedy of Baltimore, Md., and Kenneth Robert Kennedy of Phoenix, a granddaughter, Mina Margaret Brase of Tokyo, and two great-grandsons, Joseph and Joshua Kennedy of Phoenix.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ferdinand, her daughter, Audrey Sharlene (Kennedy), and her son Roger Morgan Brase.

A graveside memorial service will be conducted at the Enumclaw, Wash., Evergreen Cemetery on Sept. 9, where she will be laid to rest beside her husband and her daughter. Donations may be made in Mrs. Brase's memory to RTA Hospice of Payson, to the American Cancer Society or to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

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