Cora Elizabeth Browning, 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 15, 2009.

Cora was born March 14, 1920 on an island in the Yakima River at Parker. She was raised there by her parents, George and Elsie (Thompson) Baugher. A life-long resident of the Yakima Valley, she attended and graduated from Wapato High School.

Cora met her husband and companion, Allison Browning, at a dance held at the Parker Grange Hall. He asked her to marry him the first time they met, but Cora turned him down. On March 1, 1941 Allison and Cora were married in a ceremony held at the family home on the island.

Cora and Allison lived in Parker and Zillah before living on the Roza and later settling in Granger, where they raised their four children.

Cora was a school cook for 15 years, working in the Granger School District and at Liberty School. It was during this time Cora shared her love of cooking with children of the community. Her home had a rotating door as her children brought friends over and she fed many of them at her table.

Cora loved to cook. She was an exceptionally good baker, making banana bread, cookies, pies and homemade bread and rolls for her family. She always loved a new recipe and had an endless supply of cooking magazines on hand. She also loved reading, gardening, spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and watching "her boys", The Mariners.

She and Allison also loved traveling and visited most of the lower 48 states in their truck and camper. Her favorite place to visit was Branson, Mo.

Cora and Allison accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior at a revival service held at the First Christian Church in Sunnyside. They started attending the Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church and became members in 1952.

Cora lived by example and attended church and supported the ministries of the church, whether it was the Boys and Girls Club ministry or that of Camp Clear Lake. She took her cooking talents to Camp Clear Lake by serving as a camp cook on many occasions.

Cora leaves behind a loving family, including Dennis and Ayner Browning of Grandview, Linda Leppanen of Sunnyside, Bill and Sylvia Browning of Richland and Bruce and Lavonne Browning of Bothell. She also leaves behind grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Melissa and Tom Dekker and daughter Bella, Daniel and Angela Browning and children Dennis, Xavier and Ryleigh, Heather and Mike Paeschke and children Carter, Devin and one on the way, Kathe and Scott Puzio and children Jeremy, Sara, Alison, Nicole and Jade, Rick and Katie Leppanen and children Kayla and Bridgette, Pamela and Josh Wellons and children Megan and Kody, Lynn and Jim DeVoe and children Peter, Andrew and Katie; James and Marlo Browning and son Justin, Emily and David Golladay and Shantana Schneider, Kammie and Laynee Schneider and Elise Golladay, Scott Minuard, Brandan Minuard, Matthew Browning and Kyle Browning.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of nearly 67 years, Allison Browning; her parents, George and Elsie Baugher; three brothers, Clarence Baugher, Richard Baugher and Leonard Baugher; two sisters, Helen Schrimsher and Doris Myhre; and a son-in-law, Mike Leppanen.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2009, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 17, 2009, at 9 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside.

Memorials may be made to Camp Clear Lake or Lower Valley Hospice.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign Cora's online memorial book may do so at


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