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Velma Browning

July 05, 1929 - April 02, 2011

Velma Browning

Velma (Ward) Browning

MATTOON, IL—Velma (Ward) Browning, age 82, of Mattoon, IL, passed away at 6:56 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2011, surrounded by her loving daughter, Becky; her sister, Alberta; nieces and grandchildren. At the time of her death, a recording of her deceased husband Max’s beautiful tenor sang the soothing words of “In the Circle of his Love.”
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, 1200 Wabash Ave., Mattoon, IL 61938 with Rev. H.A. Hilderbrand and Rev. Paul Browning officiating. Interment will be in the Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, IL. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., April 4, 2011 and one-hour before service time, April 5, 2011 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.
Velma, the daughter of Gracie Fern (Green) and John Harrison Ward, was born July 5, 1929 in Cumberland County, IL. On July 28, 1947 she married Bobby Max Browning of Montrose, IL, who preceded her in death on December 24, 1974 in Champaign, IL. To their union were born two daughters, Linda (Rev. H.A.) Hilderbrand of W. Frankfort, IL and Becky Parker, Mattoon, IL. She is survived by a sister, Alberta (Ward) Brown, of Toledo, IL; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, William “Billy” Max Browning on January 26, 1998 and five brothers and three sisters.
Velma was a faithful member of the New Life Apostolic Church of Charleston, IL and dedicated employee of the US Bank of Mattoon, IL for 40 years prior to her retirement in 2005. She will always be remembered for her quick wit, funny stories and her delicious homemade pies and beef and noodles.
The family wishes to thank the nurses, caregivers, and chaplain of Harbor Light Hospice, all of who brought so much joy, respect and comfort to her final days. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Harbor Light Hospice, 332 West Marion, Suite N1, Forsythe, IL 62535, in care of Velma (Ward) Browning.
Please visit www.mitchell-jerdan.com to light a virtual candle or share a memory with the family.

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, 1200 Wabash Ave., Mattoon, IL 61938 with Rev. H.A. Hilderbrand and Rev. Paul Browning officiating. Interment will be in the Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, IL. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., April 4, 2011 and one-hour before service time, April 5, 2011 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Donations Information

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Harbor Light Hospice, 332 West Marion, Suite N1, Forsythe, IL 62535, in care of Velma (Ward) Browning.

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