BILLIE JO BROWNING, 81, of Katy, died Friday July 11, 2008 at Hermann Memorial Southwest Hospital in Houston. Starrett Funeral Home will conduct graveside rites at 11:00 a.m. Thursday July 17, 2008 at Evergreen Cemetery, with Rev. Randall Scott officiating.
Following a visitation in Katy on Monday evening, the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Starrett Funeral Home.
Mrs. Browning was born January 27, 1927 in Paris, a daughter of Rev. Elmer and Ruth Marie Medlock Dicken. She was of the Baptist faith. A graduate of Paris High School, she spent her early years working as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell. Her preferred and longtime job was that of wife and mother and her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved to dance.
She married Martin Browning on September 18, 1949 in Paris.
Survivors include her husband Martin; a son, Rick Browning and wife Patricia, of Paris; two daughters, Teresa Palmer and husband David, of Houston and Alisa Thompson, of Katy; six grandchildren, Tyler Browning, Jason Browning and Wendy Chandler, all of Paris, Sophie Palmer, of Houston, Kyle Thompson and Katie Thompson, both of Katy; two great-grandchildren, Hunter Browning and Dylan Chandler, both of Paris; and a brother, Harold Dicken, of Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Ronnie Joe Browning; a sister, Emma Frances Rosenthal; and a brother, Robert Arthur Dicken.
Named as pallbearers are Kyle Thompson, Richard Estes, Jason Browning, Tyler Browning, Shane McDowra and David Palmer.