January 20, 1942 – November 21, 2022
Letty (Loretta) Browne passed away unexpectedly on November 21, 2022 at the age of 80 years. Her death is a great loss to her beloved family and close friends who were so thoroughly enriched by her love and devotion.
Letty was born on January 20, 1942 and raised in the small rural community of Endiang. An only-child she cherished the love of her mother Vi (Violet) and a large extended family including her Grammy, uncle Herman and other members of the Schultz family who farmed in the Endiang and Scapa areas. Letty left the community for a time with her mother and stepfather. She earned her education degree while living in southern California but returned home to marry partner for life Darrell Browne on July 11, 1964. She began her teaching career in Byemoor but the couple moved to Stettler shortly before the birth of their son Brett in 1967. They were blessed with a second child Becky in 1972 and Letty took time off from teaching to nurture her young family.
It wasn’t long before she returned to teaching, first as a kindergarten instructor and then as a grade two teacher at Waverly School where she also taught music. “Mrs. Browne” was a fixture at the school until its closing when she moved to Stettler elementary school. In a 30-plus year career as a teacher, she touched the lives of hundreds of Stettler children who often stopped to say “Hi” when she was out in the community.
In the early 80’s Letty and Darrell purchased an acreage just west of Stettler. Their family flourished in the embrace of this little piece of paradise where bountiful gardens, fruit trees and flowers bloomed under their careful attention. It has always been a place of love and friendship where everyone was welcome.
Family and friends were at the heart of Letty’s life. She was never happier than when she was together with those she loved, whether it was in at the curling rink, out camping and fishing, or chatting around the kitchen table. Letty and Darrell travelled the province supporting their children and later grandchildren in their sporting and recreational endeavours but also enjoyed the quiet pleasures of their acreage. Letty was an avid reader, a fan of curling and baseball, and was always busy creating crafts for family and friends.
As a friend pointed out, the world blooms a little less bright with her loss.
Letty leaves behind her husband of 58 years Darrell Browne, son Brett Browne (Cathy Browne), daughter Becky Osoba (Perry Danylyshyn), granddaughter Alexis Van Dale (Nick Van Dale), grandson Dryden Browne, great grandson Theodore Van Dale, and adopted grandchildren Amber Danylyshyn (Evan Rosentreter) and Dallas Danylyshyn as well as adopted great grandchildren Rilynn and Parker Rosentreter.
A funeral service for Letty will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, December 2, 2022, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Stettler, Alberta.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements, 403-742-3422.
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