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Dorothy Brownlee 1918-2016

December 15, 2016
Emmetsburg News

A Celebration of Life Service for Dorothy Brownlee of Emmetsburg will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg on Monday Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Peter Morlock officiating. Burial is in Evergreen Cemetery in Emmetsburg.

Visitation for family and friends will be at Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Dorothy Marie McDonald Brownlee, daughter of Arthur Rufus McDonald and Marie Sadie (Strasser) McDonald was born in Des Moines on March 15, 1918. She died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 in Emmetsburg. She was baptized and confirmed at First Congregational Church in Emmetsburg.

Her family moved to Portage County, WI where they farmed. In 1922 she moved to Emmetsburg with her parents, younger sister Betty and baby brother, Marvin.

At age 12 Dorothy started working at McDonald's 5 and 10 Cent Store, owned by her father, Art McDonald, on the corner of Main and Broadway (now the Cornerstone Pub). Her first job was selling candy from large bins in a glass case. Later she and her siblings worked for several years as clerks in this store on Saturdays and during the summer.

Dorothy graduated from Emmetsburg High School in 1935 and later from Emmetsburg Junior College. She continued her education at the University of Chicago School of Business and graduated from Carlton College in Northfield, MN with a major in Economics.

On Oct. 25, 1940 Dorothy and Leo Herold Brownlee were married at the First Congregational Church in Emmetsburg. They made their home and raised their family in Emmetsburg. For a while she worked as bookkeeper for the three-generation family business, the Brownlee Implement Company.

She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and belonged to the Mary Circle at Bethany. She was active in AAUW and several bridge clubs. For many years, she had a large garden, canning and freezing produce from it for the winter months. She especially loved birds, watching them, listening to them and learning about them.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing bridge, cooking and knitting. She knitted beautiful Christmas stockings for her grandchildren. She is especially famous with her grand- children for yummy English Toffee, fruitcake with lots of cherries, and cinnamon rolls. Her family scattered across the United States but she faithfully sent personal letters and birthday gifts.

Dorothy is survived by a son Ronald Arthur and wife Jane Eileen (McMillin) of Houston, TX, and daughter- in-law, Linda Marie Lenoch Brownlee of Scottsdale, AZ; grandchildren Tracy Marie Brownlee Chambellan of Albuquerque, NM, Kim Rae Brownlee Barth and husband Scot of San Dimas, CA, Richard Arthur Brownlee and wife Carla of Katy, TX, Julia Elizabeth Brownlee Royster and husband Jason of Silver Spring, MD, Jennifer Elsa Brownlee Gustafson and husband Trent of Georgetown, TX, Charles Collin (C.C.) Brownlee and wife Allison of Katy, TX; 12 great grandchildren, Robert, James, Michael, and Candace Chambellan, Charlotte and Rebecca Brownlee, Tegan and Kylie Royster, Luke and Audra Gustafson, and Emma and Colin Charles (C.C.) Brownlee.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leo Herold; her son Robert William (1943-2000); her parents; her sister Betty McDonald; and brother Marvin McDonald.

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