Dollie Browning - September 08, 2011
Dollie Frances Browning of Imperial, Neb. passed away Aug. 28, 2011, at the age of 89, surrounded by her children.
Dollie was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Novinger, Mo. to Willis and Lora Lee Bishop Mullanix.
They lived in various places in Missouri and Colorado. Her parents died when Dollie was a young girl. She went to live with her sister, Lena, in Colorado for a short time then moved to Imperial to live with sister, Lenna Donjon.
Dollie graduated from Chase County High School in 1940. She took normal training and did substitute teaching.
On Jan. 6, 1941 she married Ralph Lewis Browning. They lived on the Statz farm until 1944 when they moved to Imperial. Dollie stayed home caring for their five daughters and one son.
In 1953, Dollie started working at the Imperial Bakery and Cafe as a dishwasher and waitress. She quickly learned all about running the cafe from Spence and Agatha Cross. Dollie was a wonderful cook.
In April 1965, Dollie and Ralph purchased the cafe and bakery. Dollie would arrive before 6 in the morning in her crisp white uniform and starched bib apron, ready to start the day serving up her plate sized pancakes and everyone’s favorite, chicken fried steaks. She would manage to sneak in a cat nap around 2 o’clock and then start cleaning the grill to ready for the supper run. She didn’t leave before midnight most evenings because she made sure the cafe was sparkling clean and ready for the next day. They closed the cafe in 1972.
Dollie then worked for the manor and Einspahr’s and Adams Drug stores.
In 1974, Dollie became a dispatcher for the Chase County Sheriff’s office, a job that she dearly loved and was dedicated to. She worked there until age 75 in 1996. In honor of her service “The Dollie Browning Dispatcher of the Year” award was established.
Dollie took great pride in her yard and spent many hours outdoors. Dollie also loved to embroider dish towels and pillow cases and taught herself to crochet beautiful afghans and baby blankets.
Dollie and Ralph celebrated 49 years of marriage. Ralph passed away March 6, 1990.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Browning; brother, Laurence Mullanix; and sisters, Lena Lindsey, Helen Kupisch and Lenna Donjon.
She is survived by her sister, Betty Mueller of North Platte, Neb.; children, Janet Hazen and husband, Mack, of Arthur, Neb., Joyce Hill and husband, Ansel, of Imperial, Neb., Connie Dart and husband, Ron, of Enders, Neb.; Larry Browning and wife, Sandra, of Imperial, Neb., Linda Davis and husband, Jim, of Lake Havasu, Ariz., Jeanne Sievers and husband, Leon, of Evans, Colo.; grandchildren, Tammy Dancer of Mullen, Neb., Kimberly Borer and husband, Todd, of Ogallala, Neb., Candy Kuntz and husband, Bryan, of Kearney, Neb., Brian Hill and wife, ShyAnn, of Denver, Colo., Dirk Hill and wife, Rhonda, of Imperial, Neb., Michael Dart and wife, Melissa, of Bird City, Kan., Kevin Dart and wife, Janice, of Hastings, Neb., Monte Dart and wife, Jennifer, of Hastings, Neb., Rob Browning and wife, Sara, of Imperial, Neb., Jamie Knight and husband, Brandon, of Arvada, Colo., Chad Sievers and wife, Janae, of Aurora, Colo., Jennifer Swanson of Evans, Colo., Melissa Sievers of Denver, Colo.; great grandchildren, Travis Dancer of Arthur, Neb., Tiffany Dancer, Broken Bow, Neb., Shelby Borer of Ogallala, Neb., Bryce Borer of Ogallala, Neb., Carissa Hill of Imperial, Neb., Jaiden Hill of Imperial, Neb., Tony Hill of Denver, Colo., Seimone Hill of Denver, Colo., Jessica Dart of Bird City, Kan., Alex Dart of Bird City, Kan., Keithan Dart, Jalen Dart and Daria Dart of Hastings, Neb., Kiara, Kathryn, Gabrielle, Megan, Kelsey Dart of Hastings, Neb., Gunner Browning of Imperial, Neb., Sydney and Adrienne Browning of Kansas City, Mo., Walker Knight of Arvada, Colo., Hannah Sievers of Denver, Colo., Paul Swanson and Morgan Swanson of Evans, Colo.; great-great grandchildren, Jessie Dancer of North Loup, Neb. and Kierstin Pike of Broken Bow, Neb.
Funeral services were held Sept. 1, 2011, 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Imperial, Neb. with Pastor Fred Andersen officiating.
Musical group was the 9th Street Singers accompanied by Rob Browning.
Organist was Mrs. Marcia Bauerle.
Casketbearers were Tammy Dancer, Kimberly Borer, Candy Kuntz, Brian Hill, Dirk Hill, Mike Dart, Kevin Dart, Monte Dart, Rob Browning, Jamie Knight, Chad Sievers, Melissa Sievers and Jennifer Swanson.
Honorary casketbearers were Dollie’s great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Interment was at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Dollie’s favorite prayer is:
I Said A Prayer
For You Today
I said a prayer for you today
and know God must have heard
I felt the answer in my heart
although He spoke no word
I didn’t ask for wealth or fame
I knew you wouldn’t mind
I asked Him to send treasures
of a far more lasting kind
I asked that He’d be near you
at the start of each new day
To grant you health and blessings
and friends to share your way
I asked for happiness for you
in all things great and small
But it was for His loving care
I prayed the most of all.