Nancy Rayburn, Deane Browning 71, of Belleville, IL., born October 11, 1936 in Oak Park, IL., died Friday, May 9, 2008 at her home by her family.
She was a graduate of Webster Groves High School in Missouri and attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, She was a vision and hearing technician for the State of Illinois, Madison County and St. Clair County Health Departments.
Mrs. Browning was a past regent of DAR Cahokia Mound Chapter, past president of PEO Sisterhood Chapter EY, and past president of Thursday Literary Club, Belleville. She was a former member of Junior Service Club of St. Clair County and the National Icarian Heritage Society. She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Belleville and a former member of Immanuel United Church of Christ, East St. Louis, IL.
Preceded in death by her dear parents Francis Lodge and French Rose nee Rayburn Deane
her late brother-in-law Dr. George Rowe
Survived by her loving Husband of 50 years - Paul Lynwood Browning
devoted Daughters - Margaret Browning(Edward) Simonson of Belleville, IL
Catherine F. Browning of Fairview Hgts., IL
Rebecca Browning (Jude) Schaeffler of Florissant, MO
Dear Grandchildren -
Stephanie Ellen Simonson,
Paul Edward (Sarah) Simonson and
Catherine Anne Simonson all of Belleville, IL
Emily B. Schaeffler and
Timothy P. Schaeffler both of Florissant, MO
Great Grandson - Bradley Edward Simonson of Belleville, IL
Dear Sister - Dr. Louise Rowe (Will) Ehinger of Green Valley, AZ
Dear Twin Brother - George R. (Marilyn) Deane of Wentzville, MO
Sister-in-law - Anagene Browning Chor of Fairview Heights, IL and
Kathleen Browning (Don) Wisner of Belleville, IL
Dear Nieces and Nephews, and
former brother-in-law - Jack E. Chor
The family offers sincere thanks to oncologist Dr. Matthew Powell, nurse coordinator Mary Stewart RN, and the nursing staff of the Siteman Cancer Center at BJC. Nancy often said "They lifted my spirits when I was down". Thanks to BJC Hospice at Alton, to longtime family friends Diane Herr and Nancy Macklin, both of Belleville who participated in caring for Nancy, and to everyone who sent cards, prayers, and encouraging words. Nancy was truly blessed to have wonderful friends in her life.
Memorials: Memorials may be made to Ovarian-Oncology Cancer Research Fund at Washington University School of Medicine, Trinity United Church of Christ, BJC Hospice of Alton or any charity of the donor's Choice
Visitation: Friends may call from 4-8pm, Thursday, May 15, 2008 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm, Friday, May 16, 2008 at Trinity United Church of Christ in Belleville, IL. with Rev. P. Jerry Bennett officiating. By her request cremation with private family at Bellfountaine Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.