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Dorothy Ann Graf Browne (1928 - 2013)

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DOROTHY ANN GRAF BROWNE Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend Dorothy passed gently into the night March 30, 2013. She was born to Arthur and Margaret Graf in Santa Monica, CA, August 28, 1928. Her early years were lived between Southern Calif. and Texas. Her college years found her at Northwestern University majoring in science. She pledged the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority for four years. She played in the concert band, where she met her husband to be, John P. Browne Jr. Married on September 2, 1950, brought Dorothy and Jack 56 years together. Their early marriage found them building a life between Honolulu, Hawaii, North Manchester, Indiana., and Los Angeles, CA. In 1957 they arrived in Chico, CA where they were to adopt four children and raise their family. Dorothy embraced her community and was involved in many organizations through the years. Several of them included the Episcopal Church women, Committee Chairman for Cub Scout Pack 64, where her sons were all actively involved, and PEO where she held several officer positions over the years and remained an active member. Dorothy and Jack enjoyed many years of worldwide traveling. From Africa to the Arctic their journeys had put them on all of continents of the world. A strong Love of the outdoors was filled with many camping and backpacking trips in the Sierra Mountains. She took great pride in a climb to the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the Continental U.S., at the age of 60. A wide range of interest and activities filled her years. From bowling leagues to gardening, she also liked water skiing, snow skiing, scuba diving, bike riding, and on her 80th birthday she para sailed above Lake Tahoe. A talented craftsman as well, she made pieces of fine furniture still in her homes today. She remained active with many of her loving friends playing bridge, movies on Tuesdays at the Hulleys, plays and musicals, and many musical performances at the university. She loved and cherished her church community as well. She attended and supported activities and projects at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Chico since 1957. She spent her summer months at her family cabin, built in 1933 at Lake Tahoe, NV. The cabin always held a special place in her heart as Lake Tahoe is where she and her husband were married at St. John's Episcopal Church at Galilee, near Glenbrook, NV. Many memories were made and shared at the cabin with family and friends throughout the years. Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband John P. Browne Jr., and son, Haldon P. Browne. She is survived by her brother, Arthur F. Graf of San Antonio, Texas; sons, Kent L. Browne (Linda) of Nampa, Idaho, Craig V. Browne of Zephyr Cove, NV., daughter, Sharon L. Smith (Ted) of Virginia City, NV., grandchildren; Amanda Nicole Lee and Austin Marshall Lee both of Reno, NV., various cousins, nieces and nephews and step-grandchildren survive her memory as well. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Enloe Hospice and a special gratitude to her caregivers and companions Avisake Limulimu and Torika Scott for the loving care they provided. A Memorial Service will be held at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Avenue, at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 2013 with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, it was Dorothy's desire for donations to be made to the in care of Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home. You may share your thoughts online at Newton-Bracewell.com
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Apr. 3, 2013
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