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Florence E. (Majerus) Brophy

Florence E. (Majerus) Brophy    Florence E. (Majerus) Brophy, 86, died Aug. 12, of natural causes in a Billings nursing home.
    Funeral Mass was held Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church in Valier. Burial followed in Lakeview Cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
    Florence was born Jan. 10, 1921 to Edward and Edith Majerus in Havre. She was raised and educated in Havre with 6 brothers and 1 sister. She graduated from Havre High School in 1937 and attended Kinman Business College in Spokane, Wash. Her first employer was Ryan’s Wholesale Grocers in Havre where she worked from 1938-1943. During the war years, 1943-1946, she enlisted in the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) and served in Washington DC as a clerk.
    She returned to college at the University of Minnesota and completed her business degree in 1948. After working in California, she returned to Billings and worked 22 years for Ryan’s, retiring in 1975. She married Robert W. Brophy in August 1975 and built a home on Big Mountain in Whitefish. They lived there for a short time, then lived in Hamilton and Mesa, Ariz. She returned to Montana from Mesa in 2005. Florence inherited 4 step-children and 10 step-grandchildren who called her “Grandma Florence” and loved her special sugar cookies.
    Survivors include step children, Robert J. (Katie) Brophy, of Hamilton; Patrick J. (Carole) Brophy, of Frisco, Texas; Kathryn (Guy) Miser, of Conrad; and Keith (Mary Jean) Brophy, of Valier; brothers, Edward (Dorothy) Majerus, of Lewistown; Leonard (Betty) Majerus, of Roundup; Frank (Peggy) Majerus, of Great Falls; and Giles Majerus, of Havre; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 25 nieces and nephews.
    She is preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 1994; brothers, George Majerus, Norbert Majerus; and sister, Magdalene Sund.
    Florence loved golf, crossword puzzles and bridge. Florence loved to travel to Europe, Australia and Hawaii. She will be remembered for her faith-filled life. She valued her Catholic faith and set an example for others.
    Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.