Anna Gertrude Browning


Anna Gertrude Browning died July 27, 2005, 14 months before her 100th birthday. She was 98.

Anna Gertrude Browning was born Sept. 25, 1906 at the Chedsey Ranch near the east end of Buffalo Pass.

Gertie (as she was called) attended Butler School, a one-room schoolhouse near the ranch, through the 8th Grade. She was the only student in her grade so the teacher promoted her to the next grade. The school was not open in the winter because of deep

snow, so Gertie only remembered one Christmas program at school. She attended high school in Boulder for 2 years, boarding with her mother’s sister. Then she spent 2 years in Laramie, Wyo. and graduated from high school at the University of Wyoming. The school had one floor of student dorms for high school students from small towns that had no high schools. Gertie and Quince were married on her birthday in 1925 at the Chedsey

Ranch. They were married for 39 1/2 years before Quince’s death in 1965. They lovingly raised 12 children, all of whom graduated from the high school in Kremmling. Gertie was a great homemaker, famous for her homemade bread. She churned the butter, canned the fruit and baked a cake each day. She loved teaching Sunday school, VBS and ladies Bible studies. Trudy, as some of her friends called her, had the gifts of friendship, loving ways and often said, “I’ve had such a happy life,” and how she loved children. Even in her last days, the sound of a child’s voice would bring a smile to her face. We feel obligated to retell all the things that Gertie was, to recount her life and the wonderful stories of humor and perseverance that surround this woman we know as a sister, a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother, a great great grandmother and a woman who lived a full life of nearly 100 years. But we can’t transcribe all that she was, so we hope you and your families will delight in her remembrance and share those stories with one another.

Browning is survived by her brother, Clarence Chedsey of Santa Clarita, Calif.; sons Craig (Helen) of Craig, (with whom she made her home), Kenneth of Kremmling, Dick of Lafayette, Bob (Dexta) of De Queen, Ariz., Keith (Betty) of Yakima, Wash., and Jerry of El Cajon, Calif.; daughters Barbara Warner of Hurst, Texas., Arlene Gillispie of Merced, Calif., Velma (George) of Loveland, and daughter-in-law, Ardath Browning of Pine; 39 grand children; 77 great grandchildren; and 25 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sons Larry and Marvin and daughter, Margaret

Jean, 2 grandchildren Wayde Browning and Jerry Ritschard and one great great grandson, Baby Jay.

Gertrude came to know the Lord when she was 9 years old and served the Lord willingly and joyously all her life. Just a few days ago her grandson Leonard asked her if she loved Jesus and she replied, “Do you?” And as always at the mention of Jesus her face lit up and she smiled. Kenneth remarked that GG didn’t get to go home, but as Leonard said, she is in her real home now.

Some advice for all–

“Birdies in the nest agree, ’tis such a shameful sight — when children of the same family fall out and chide and fight.”

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