Browning, Edith (Leman) (November 17, 1899 - January 19, 1992)

Edith Leman Browning

Douglas Budget - January 22, 1992

Vigil for the Deceased was held for Edith Leman Browning, 92, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Converse Funeral Chapel in Douglas. Mass for Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas with Father John Murray as the Celebrant. Internment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Browning died Sunday, Jan. 19, 1992 at her home in Douglas following a short illness.

She was born Nov. 17, 1899 to Dennis and Bessie(Mills)Leman at their ranch located 16 miles southwest of Douglas on the Upper LaPrele Creek. She was reared and educated on the ranch, attending Beaver Rural School.

She attended and graduated from the Academy of the Holy Child Jesus in Cheyenne, for four years, followed by attending Kearney Normal in Kearney, Neb.

She taught country school at Beaver School for one year and then attended Boyles Business College for one year and worked in Omaha, Neb. until she returned to Douglas in 1920.

She then worked for Joseph Garst Law Firm until her marriage to Charles Dana Browning on Jan. 17, 1929 in Douglas.

They ranched on Upper LaPrele until the depression years forced her to return to the law firm from 1936-1939. From 1939-1944 she worked in the County Clerk's Office and one term as Clerk of Court.

In 1944, she purchased the Converse County Abstract Office and operated it for 25 years, retiring in 1970. .She was active in the Housing Authority of Douglas to obtain Irwin Towers. She was a life-long member of the Saint James Catholic Church and she worked with the Senior Citizens Center as a bookkeeper and helped with miscellaneous projects.

Her interests were raising flowers, rock hunting, playing bridge, her daughters, and her many grandchildren.

She is survived by her sister, Grace Leman Bartshe of Douglas; her two daughters, Donna York of Douglas and Marilyn Fitzhugh of Douglas; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on Aug. 2, 1952; two brothers, James Leman and Douglas Leman; and one sister, Ruth Irwin.

A memorial to the Saint James Catholic Church Building Fund or to the Douglas Senior Citizens Center would be appreciated by the family.

Serving as pallbearers will be David York, Jeff York, Dana Fitzhugh, Neil McCleary, Clyde Bower and Rick Marler.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the other grandchildren, the great grandchildren, and her many friends.

The Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.

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