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Auna - Marie (Berg) Brown

October 7, 1946 ~ December 15, 2020 (age 74)


The memorial service for Auna Brown was live streamed on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, please click here to watch the recording of the service.

Below is a slideshow created by family, feel free to watch along with the above memorial service.

We regret to announce the sudden passing of Auna Brown on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at Portage District General Hospital at the age of 74 years.

Auna will be lovingly remembered by her husband Bill Brown, son Chris Brown, brothers Bob (Lynne) Berg and John (Linda) Berg, and by everyone she connected with and created friendships with over the years. 

Auna was born on October 7, 1946 in Winnipeg, MB to Dale and Mary Berg.  She met and married Bill Brown in 1973 in Winnipeg; they moved and raised their son Chris in Portage la Prairie. 

Auna was involved with organizations in Portage from the day she arrived.

She was involved in the formation of the women’s shelter and the Herman Prior Centre. She was chair of the board for United Way and for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also served on the boards of the College of Dieticians of Manitoba and Manitoba Possible (Society of Manitobans with Disabilities). She created the Portage Area Refugee Coalition which is responsible for bringing three Syrian families to Portage.

Auna began her career as a public health nurse in Selkirk. She transferred to Portage and eventually became director of the home care program. After retiring, she spent two years as director of the Portage Women’s Shelter. Her final job was her favorite – instructor for the health care aide program at Red River Community College.

Auna was nominated to the Honour 150 program, a committee created to honour 150 Manitobans from across the province who are quietly making a difference in their community.

A private family memorial service led by Rev. Julie Baker will be live streamed on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm, please click on link above to register.

As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Auna’s memory to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage la Prairie, Inc., 15 Tupper Street S. Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 1W7.

A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Auna - Marie (Berg) Brown, please visit our floral store.


Memorial Service
December 30, 2020

2:00 PM

Video is available for this event


Big Brothers Big Sisiters
15 Tupper St. S., Portage la Prairie MB R1N 1W7

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