Sponsored obituary: Dorothy Browning Hunt
Born Dorothy Jayne Browning on July 14, 1926 – our beloved wife, mother, sister and friend passed away March 16, 2006.
She was born in Chicago to George Franklin Browning and May Rose Novak Browning, living through the Great Depression. While growing up, she was also cared for by her sister, Beverly Hope Browning Lang and husband, Stanley.
Dorothy had a complex and creative mind. At two or three years of age, she created and spoke her own language of her chosen words that only her sister could understand. This, before she learned to speak English.
At age 8, she was awarded a scholarship to the Art Institute at the University of Chicago. Even at the tender age, she rode the bus alone to downtown Chicago every Saturday to attend class. She faithfully studied while attending the Academy and at age twenty received a BA degree and the highest award in her class. She was an exceptional artist, working mainly in casein and tempera and later drawings of live models. Her love of painting never ceased.
After WWII, while visiting her father and his second wife, Audrey Pearl Taylor Browning at Sardine Lake Resort, Dorothy met and fell in love with Chandler C. Hunt. Chandler had just returned from serving in the war and was helping the Brownings build Cabin #5. They were married on July 21, 1946 along the shore of lower Sardine Lake. The Hunts eventually bought a dairy between Linclon and Auburn with seed money from Chandler’s father, “Harry,” Benjamin Harrison Hunt, who was a good friend of Dorothy’s father.
Dorothy and Chandler raised three children there: Janis, Thomas and Elizabeth. Rural life was sometimes hard for Dorothy, having been raised in the city. However, she nurtured her family while continuing to paint, study and teach, leaving a wonderful legacy of art.
Not long after her beloved father passed away in 1971, Dorothy and Chandler bought Sardine Lake Resort from Audrey Browning in 1975. Dorothy, sharing George and Audrey’s “sparkle in the eyes,” soon captivated their cabin guests who came to love her as they had the Brownings.
Dorothy’s love for Audrey never ceased and after her passing in 1995, the loss of a beloved third parent hit her very hard. She began a gradual decline and was cared for by her loving family and friends until pneumonia set in.
She also leaves grandchildren Sean, David, Joshua, Jon, Rana, and Hannah, two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, including Charles Hunt, Elaine VanCamp, Linda Firstman and Barbara Chevalier and her dear sister-in-law, Charlotte Hunt; adopted daughter in spirit, Donna Sharp and the Boucher family of Joel, Robert, Jenny and many, many friends.
Dorothy had a great love of life, family, friends, the unfortunate, art and fi shing. She will be missed.
The family requests that in lieu of fl owers, please donate to “The Western Sierra Residential Center” in Downieville (530-289-3298) or your favorite charity.
Graveside services were held Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 1:00pm at the Sierra City Cemetery. A buffet was served for friends and family at the Old Sierra City Hotel immediately afterward.
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