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Norma Holeman Browning

Norma Holeman Browning, affectionately known by her family as "Cokie," a beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend left this life on Sunday, October 27, 2013, to join her loved ones. Norma was a natural beauty with striking blue eyes. An avid bridge player, she and her husband Rauhman were members of the Baton Rouge Bridge Club where they played many games together and made numerous friends across the card table. She enjoyed cooking for her family, especially seafood gumbo that would "light you up!" She and her husband enjoyed traveling with family and friends, LSU tailgating, and family gatherings replete with laughter and dancing led by Rauhman. Norma was a member of the Baton Rouge Garden Club and received constant recognition for her flower arrangements. Her talent did not end there for she had an enviable green thumb and could make anything grow. Her flower gardens brought her many hours of pleasure and were a true labor of love. She always had beautiful caladiums in the front yard that were constantly admired by passer-bys and neighbors on Meadowood Street. Norma was born on September 18, 1923, raised in "Catfish Town," a graduate of Baton Rouge High School and remained a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge. She was employed by Gulf States Utilities and by Attorney General Jack P. F Gremillion until she retired to stay home and nurture her children and flowerbeds. She was later employed by Moore Companies and the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. She was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Thomas More Church. Norma is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Mark Fritchie; a son and his fiancée, Barrett Browning and LaDonna Woolley; grandsons, Cody Andre' and Mark Albert Fritchie; and granddaughters, Hayley Fritchie, Hannah Browning and Lauren Browning, all of Baton Rouge; sister-in-laws Anne Zumo Holeman and Myrle Davis Browning, and numerous nieces and nephews. Norma is the last surviving child born to Warren, Sr. and Viola Hernandez Holeman She is predeceased by her siblings, Beverly Williams, Janice Browning, Marguerite Browning and Warren J. Holeman Jr. She is also predeceased by her beloved husband and best friend, Rauhman, Sr., and their son, Rauhman, Jr. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Cody Andre and Mark Albert Fritchie, both of Baton Rouge, and nephews, Drew Browning (Kaysville, Utah), Kenneth Browning (Denham Springs), Wes Browning (St. Louis, Missouri) and Jeff Holeman (Baton Rouge). For those wishing to pay their respects, the visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd.,on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, from 6 PM until 9 PM with the eulogy being said at 8 PM by her nephew, Drew Browning. Visitation will resume at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church on Thursday, October 31, 2013, from 9 AM until the funeral mass at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow at Greenoaks Memorial Park. The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Lake Sherwood Village, Landmark of Baton Rouge, Life Source of Baton Rouge, Dr. Patrick Gahan and his assistant Bridgette, and Nurse Katie at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital for their devoted care, compassion and kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Anthony's Home (Baton Rouge), Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, or keeping Norma in a special place in your loving thoughts and prayers.

Funeral Home

Greenoaks Funeral Home
9595 Florida Blvd Baton Rouge, LA 70815
(225) 925-5331

Published in TheAdvocate.com from Oct. 28 to Oct. 30, 2013
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