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Virginia Carlson Brangwin


1922 - 2017
Virginia Carlson Brangwin Obituary
Virginia Carlson Brangwin

May 28, 1922 - May 29, 2017

"She loved it while she was here." Those are the words our mother wanted to be remembered by. Dinny passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, hours after celebrating her 95th birthday. Optimistic even in the face of tragedy, determined even when disabled by polio at age 30, ever curious, generous and energetic, Dinny was loved throughout her life. "Who's better than us?" was an invitation to use the best china. Yet a bargain always held allure--food tasted better if it was on sale. Thrift stores yielded gifts. People and experiences were her greatest treasures: exploring the US by car, visiting family and friends in Europe. She would talk with anyone, making new friends everywhere. Polio kept her from walking far, but she loved riding horses. She delighted in the music at Folklife, was always up for theatre or a festival, always looking forward. When she could no longer travel on her own, she asked others to "take her with them" through pictures and stories.

She was born in Ketchikan AK, grew up in Everett and lived the rest of her life in Seattle. Dinny attended the University of Washington and made lifelong friends at Sigma Kappa sorority. Don Brangwin romanced her by letter through WWII and married her right after. Children John Brangwin (Nelda) Kimberly Milham (Nick) Colleen Ohno Dawson and Richard Brangwin (Sue) soon followed. Beloved grandchildren: John Brangwin (Anne), Ian Milham (Yvonne), Megan Cohen (Michael), Stacey Ohno, Dana Gribble (Josh) Marcus Ohno (Summer), Dru and Mason Brangwin. Sisters Corinne Barneich (Ed) and Hazel Lee. Her extended family includes eight, soon nine, great-grandchildren and many loved nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Sept 9th at Magnolia Lutheran Church, 2414 31st Ave West, Seattle, 98199. Memorials to MLC or NW Folklife (305 Harrison St, Seattle, 98109).

Please sign Dinny's online Guestbook at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on June 4, 2017
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