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Helen Browning


1920 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Helen Browning Obituary

Helen Mabel Browning, 93, of Rigby, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at her home.

She was born July 27, 1920, in Shelley to William Wesley Mitchell and Olive Myrtle Betty Mitchell. She was raised and attended schools in Shelley, graduating from Shelley High School in 1938.

On Jan. 26, 1941, she married Charles A. Tracy in Shelley. He preceded her in death.

On July 11, 1948, she married Ralph Shipley; he preceded her in death.

On Oct. 20, 1979, she married Dale Browning in Rigby.

Helen worked at Idaho Fresh Pak, Taylor Produce and for Broulim's Grocery Store in the deli. From the end of WWII until the late 1960s, she was an active member of the American Legion.

She loved cooking, sewing, camping and fishing. Above all else, she loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Her last days were made as pleasant as possible by Encompass Hospice; the family extends their sincere appreciation to them.

She is survived by husband, J Dale Browning of Rigby; daughters, Sandra (Kent) Spidell of Spokane, Wash., and Janet (Jim Chesak) Moore of Rigby; stepdaughter, Karen (Jerry) Sorensen of Idaho Falls; son, Gary (JoLynn) Shipley of Rigby; stepsons, Mark (Jerry Lee) Browning of Homedale and Stan (Sandra) Browning of Pocatello; sisters, Betty Benjamin of Idaho Falls and Mary (Hank) Brown of Soda Springs; brother, Norman "Duke" Mitchell of Choteau, Mont.; four grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 21 step-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Charles Tracy and Ralph Shipley; brother, Russell Mitchell; sister, Norma Owen; and step-grandson, Eric Hurley.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Thursday prior to services, both at the funeral home. Burial will be in Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery. Services are under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.

Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Disabled American Veterans Organization, the Veterans Hospital or to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.


Published in Post Register on Feb. 26, 2014
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