Ruby Browning (1931 - 2018)

Obituary
  • "My Great Aunt always brought a variety of smoked flavored..."
    - Steven Browning
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  • - Thomas Browning
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    - DEANNE TERRELL

On Aug. 3, 2018, Ruby Browning died peacefully, with family at her side, just days after her 87th birthday.
A lifelong Alaskan, Ruby was born on July 23, 1931, to Joseph and Louise Demantle of Akiak, Alaska, while attending fish camp on the Kuskokwim River, a fact that had to be proven through witness testimony much later in her life.
She met and married her beloved husband of 50 years, Robert Browning, in Dillingham, Alaska. The two of them made Anchorage, Alaska, their home in 1955, where they raised seven children.
Ruby led an exciting and colorful life, rich in experiences. A prize-winning artisan with great attention to detail, she mastered dozens of authentic Yup'ik arts and crafts including doll making, basket weaving, beading, knitting, sewing and painting. She was an avid outdoors enthusiast, and a skilled hunter, fisherwoman and gardener. She loved to cook and bake for others, and was often found busy in her kitchen serving those around her. She became a professional and respected camp cook, and eventually launched her own small business as a construction camp logistician, responsible for all imaginable remote operations.
Ruby loved to laugh, and to make others laugh even more. She is fondly remembered by all who knew her for her smart humor, quick wit and infectious smile.
Ruby is survived by one brother, Artie Demandel; her two sons Joseph Helmick and Raymond Browning; her four daughters, Norine Mora (Marc), Linda Jordan (Wes), Debbie LoMonaco (Michael), and Louise Stein; with a legacy of 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert; two brothers, Joe and Frank Demantle; one son, Jimmy Helmick; and one grandchild, Robynn Browning.
She is missed and loved by many. Her children will be hosting a Celebration of Life with a potluck meal at the American Legion Post #1 in Anchorage on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. A private inurnment will later be held at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, 2018