Phyllis ‘Dolly’ Browning, 84, Ephrata native, accomplished square dancer, hosted fundraisers

By on May 3, 2017

Phyllis “Dolly” Browning died in the loving company of family in Leesburg, Va., on April 25, at the age of 84.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Ralph E. Browning Jr.; and four daughters: Donna Browning Hensley, Sandee Strong, Renee Haver, Valerie Preletz; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Phyllis was born Oct. 3, 1932, in Ephrata, to Morse Sr. and Alzenia Brossman. At the age of 16, she was stricken with tubercular meningitis, spending six month in a coma. Doctors said she would not be able to walk or have children. She proved them wrong on both counts.

In 1951, Phyllis received a scholarship to study nursing at Reading Hospital. She began corresponding through the mail with a young soldier from Pittsburgh who had only seen a picture of her. The couple recently celebrated 64 years of marriage.

Phyllis was an active member of her community, serving in the Ladies Auxiliary and hosting numerous fund-raising events. She was an accomplished square dancer who, with her husband, danced in all 50 states.

A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg, Va., on May 13, at 11 a.m.; a reception will follow at the Preletz Household.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Roxana Fire Station 90 Ladies Auxiliary, 35943 Zion Church Road, Frankford, DE 19945.

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