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Visitation

Collins Funeral Home
Wednesday November 29th, 2017
6:00pm - 9:00pm

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Collins Funeral Home
Thursday November 30th, 2017
12:00pm

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Frances Hala Browning

Frances Hala Elliott Browning was born December 30, 1939 at home in Earling, West Virginia to Raymond Harl Elliott and Phyllis Hanshaw Elliott.  She grew up in the tightknit Earling community and lived her adult life among friends in Cow Creek. She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-grandson Tyler Harrison, and her husband of forty-three years, Tracey Browning Jr.  Frances was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and great-aunt. She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca and Jamie Harrison of Cow Creek, and her daughter Beth and John Bodkin of Okatie, South Carolina. Frances had three grandchildren and was so proud of each of them; her oldest grandson Aaron Adkins and his wife Ashley of Chapmanville, her only granddaughter Anna Durham of Charlottesville, Virginia and  her youngest grandson Will of Okatie, South Carolina. She has one sister and best friend, Carol and brother-in-law Scott McGraw of Mill Creek, a caring resilient brother Robert Elliott and sister-in-law Phyllis of Davin, and a loving gentle baby brother Jonas Elliott and sister-in-law Lydia of Whitman. She has one steadfast brother-in-law Stacey Browning and sister-in-law Kathy of Cow Creek. Her nieces and nephews are Jim Paul and Sandy McGraw and children Cory, Tanner, and Hayla of Mill Creek; Mary Frances and Van Collins and children Miracle and Canaan of Mill Creek, Matthew and Crystal Elliott and children Nick and Ryan of Charlottesville, VA; Kristina Elliott of Chapmanville; Amanda and Mitchell Stallard and children Ashira and Brayson of Mitchell Heights; Hannah and Arnan Sission of Montross, Virginia; Cindy and Michael Herndon, their daughter Stacy and Shane Keefer and grandson Spencer of Switzer and son Sean of Huntington; John Reese and Danielle Browning and children, Reece, Ridge, Daniel, and Nathan; and Matthew Browning of Charleston. Frances has one surviving aunt, Mildred Cepelnik, and first cousins: Nancy Scott Roten, Dawn Murphy; Lloyd, Roger, Donna, and Danny Day, Lena Turner, Linda Harrison, Barbara Mitzel, and Phyllis Kimball; Mike Elliott, Phillip, Kenny, and Randy Blankenship; Olena Harrison, Beth, Shannon, and Roy Hodges; Marty and David Cepelnik, and Jimmy Morris. Childhood friends that became family, Terri Lynn Burgess, Glenn Hurley, Phyllis Dawn Sides, and Lillian Hurley.  She had many dear friends but Patsy Bailey, Kelli Adkins, and Sissy Mutters held a special place in her heart. Her sweet neighbors Leslie, Jayce and Elin Wolfe as well as JB, Lane, and Jamison Harmon brought many smiles on each of their visits.  Frances graduated from Man High School. She worked for Man Hospital as a secretary in the x-ray department. She then began her thirty-nine year career with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection before finally retiring in 2014. She loved her job and loved the people who worked alongside.  She served as a Girl Scout troop leader, softball manager, band mom, actor and many other roles teaching her daughters strength, drive and independence.  She was a tremendous cook and loved having family and friends gather at her house. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and she would always say ‘I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck’ with every hug, kiss, and card.  Services will be held at Collins Funeral Home in Switzer, West Virginia. Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 29 from 6 to 9. Funeral Services, officiated by her brother Reverend Jonas Elliott with music by Reverend Cecil Van Collins, will be on Thursday, November 30 at noon.   Per her wishes, Frances will be cremated and placed ‘on the flat’ with her husband.  C


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Beth and Becky, I was so fond of your mother. Her humor was something that made every situation better. May your many warm and joyous memories of her comfort you.

Jonathan Ramey Dec 1 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Frances Browning

Kelsey Pierce Nov 29 2017 12:00 AM

Becky and Beth please accept my sincere condolences. Your mom was one of a kind and certainly one of my favorite people in my DEP family. I could spend hours telling Frances stories ( all funny). I will never forget her. Please let me know if I can do anything.

John Ailes Nov 29 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. Frances was a wonderful person to work with. I know she is going to be greatly missed. Prayers for the family.

Sherry Hale Nov 29 2017 12:00 AM

I'm sorry to hear about Frances. I have fond memories of her. My heartfelt condolences to the Browing family.

Henry Vinson, JD

Henry Vinson JD Nov 29 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Frances Browning

Henry Vinson JD Nov 29 2017 12:00 AM

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A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent on November 28, 2017

Beth, John, Anna & Will, Our thoughts are with you and your family! With sincere sympathy! Jack and Christine Bodkin Wheeling, WV

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A FLORAL GARDEN BORDER MEMORIAL CENTERPIECE was sent on November 28, 2017

We are so sorry for the loss of kind, sweet Frances and send our thoughts and prayers. Much love, Matt, Kate & Sally

Expression of Sympathy Nov 28 2017 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Frances death. I remember the first time I met her in the old inspector's office in Logan at the Chateau. Such was always full of energy and would help you any way she could. Prayers for the family.

charles sturey Nov 28 2017 12:00 AM

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