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Mona L. Browning

Mona L. Browning Mona L. Browning, age 89, formerly of Leavenworth, KS, died March 8, 2017, at Via Christi Village in Manhattan where she had lived nearly five years.

She was born November 28, 1927, in Geary County, Kansas, the daughter of Frederick Charles and Katherine (Lichtenhan) Schippert. She was born and raised in the McDowell Creek area, attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with her family and attended grade school in the Tully School House. When she was a teenager, she moved to Leavenworth to live with an Aunt and Uncle and provide care for their daughter, her cousin. While living in Leavenworth, she attended and graduated from Immaculata High School.

After graduation, Mrs. Browning worked for Southwestern Bell as a telephone operator for 35 years while also serving as the bookkeeper for the family antique and furniture stores for many years. Following retirement, she worked for Baskin-Robbins as a hobby.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Leavenworth and attended Mass regularly.

Mona enjoyed traveling, playing nickel slot machines, gardening and growing flowers, reading and spending time with her family. She was known for her special holiday cooking as well as her welcoming and generous nature to those who came as unexpected guests.

She was married to Donald D. Ford, they later divorced. She later married Delbert G. Browning. Mr. Browning preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by five brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her three children: Don W. Ford of Manhattan, Ronald M. Ford and his wife Dawna of Manhattan, and Teresa Smotherman and her husband David of Lansing. KS; four sisters: Phyllis Wilson of Phoenix, AZ, Bonnie Shrader of Abilene, KS, Ellen Backhus and Jeanne Henderson both of Kansas City, MO; three grandchildren: John Ford, Kristin Mack (Russel) and Daniel Ford; and one great grandson Quentin Mack.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, March 13th, at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball Avenue, Manhattan, with Father Frank Coady as celebrant. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 P.M. Monday at Sunset Memory Gardens in Leavenworth, Kansas.

A Parish Vigil will be held at 4:00 P.M. Sunday, March 12th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with the family to receive friends following until 6:00 P.M.

Online condolences may be left of the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Disabled American Veterans, or Accord Hospice. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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