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Doris Jean (Gross) Browne

Doris Jean Browne, age 88, of Sumner, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018, at Warwick Living Center in Alma.

Doris Jean was born September 22, 1929, in Ithaca, the daughter of Lee and Grace (Hill) Gross.  She graduated from Ithaca High School in 1947.  On September 29, 1947, she married Garold Browne in Ithaca.  They celebrated 70 years together last September.

In addition to being a farmer’s wife, Doris Jean worked at Wolverine World Wide, first in the factory and later in the Little Red Shoe House in Ithaca.  Later she served as the site manager for Food for Friends in Sumner.  She enjoyed Square dancing, playing cards with her friends, playing Scrabble and Uno with her grandchildren, and having her family home at the farm, grilling hamburgers and making homemade ice cream.

Doris Jean is survived by her husband, Garold; four children, David (Vicky) Browne of Alma, Dianne Beard of Ithaca, Michael (Marci) Browne of Sumner, and Connie Roslund (Clay Hill) of Sumner; 8 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Rockford Browne and Ois Browne, Jr; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Kenneth Gross, Ronald Gross, and Raymie Gross; her sisters, Donna Ferrari and Belma Barnes; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

A celebration of Doris Jean’s life will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, February 17, at the Ithaca Senior Activity Building, with Jo Jones officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Ithaca Senior Activity Building or to Gratiot Commission on Aging.  The Browne family is being served by the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca.  Condolences may be left for the family online at

Reader Comments (9)

We are sorry for your family's loss. Tom & Kathy (Howes) Kanitz
February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKathy & Tom Kanitz
Garold and family, I had the privalge of calling Doris my friend. We enjoyed going to College Week at MSU for many years together. She truly loved talking about her family and how they were doing.
Hugs to all of you.
Renee Smith
February 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRenee Smith
We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Doris. We pray that God will grant you the strength needed to get through this moment in your lives, and that your memories will bring peace. Our most sincere condolences.
February 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJerry and Cathy Timmons
I am sorry for your loss of Doris. May the “God of all comfort” embrace you and bring to your minds joyful memories, take care.
February 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBabe Quintrall
Garold and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. It has always been a pleasure to care for Doris. It was especially wonderful to see the love that Garold and Doris shared. Peace be with you.
February 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTrina
Garold & family,
Please accept our deepest sympathies and prayers in this solemn time. We will all miss Doris Jean and wish you the best.
Jim, Florence Ann & Flossie said that.
February 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJAMES FARROUGH
My deepest condolences on Doris Jean's passing. My heart is truly heavy with this news. I love you truly and sincerely feel your loss. Doris Jean was a great woman and friend. My sincerest prayers and thoughts go to you and your family at this very sad time.
Forever your unofficial granddaughter,
Jennie Ann
February 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJennie Ann E. Farrough
Dianne and family. I'm so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Keep your memories close in your heart until you meet again.
February 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Jeanne Miller
Time goes by so quickly. We get caught up in our lives and can easily forget how precious our time is together. So glad we got the chance to visit recently and see everyone. We are sharing in your grief but also rejoicing for her life and her love.
February 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterScott and Barb Peters

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