Our family (Clayton and Marsha Brown ) lived in Cold Bay for most of the time from 1972 through 1990.
We knew your mother rather well, and admired her dedication to the community.
In 1980 - 1981, Marsha was elected as President of the Emergency Medical Services Council. One of their priorities was to build a clinic in Cold Bay. The city had not been organized, and the EMS Council was the only organizarion that could apply for and receive grants.
Marsha researched the available grants, contacted some grant writers, and began the process of planning for the construction and operation of a clinic. One of the first things that the Council did was to decide to name it after your mother.
One of the problems that came up really quickly was the fact that the Council had no money for the grant writing and planning. As President of the Council, Marsha took on the responsibility for planning and funding the Clinic herself. She pulled several thousand dollars out of her own pocket to pay for much of the grant writing and travel to Anchorage and Juneau to talk with various agencies. She (we, sometimes) wrote some of the grants ourselves when the money got thin.
Because there was no city organization to receive the money, technically, Cold Bay did not qualify for most of the grants -- especially the big construction and operating grants. Marsha had to go directly to the Governor's office to get special permission to receive the money.
I was on the phone with her when the Governor's special assistant called at 6:00 a.m. one morning and asked her a bunch of questions -- and then told her that he was recommending to the Governor that the money be given to the Cold Bay EMS Council. He said that this was the only time such an exception had ever been made, and that it was because all of her paperwork was so thorough, and that she was so honest when he asked some hard questions about some of the problems she would face. When we hung up the phone, she cried like a baby for half an hour.
She had over a million dollars for building, outfitting and operating the clinic. She then got the money for an ambulance. The money was turned over to the city when it was organized in 1982, and they used it to build and outfit the clinic.
In 1988 (I think), while I was mayor, she wrote another grant for the X-Ray machine.
Your mother began the dream, and Marsha took it up and made it come true. Two remarkable women whose work for the community has given and aid to many and saved a number of lives when, without the clinic, there would have been no hope.