OBITUARY

Mary Elaine Stringer Browne

October 20, 1933September 28, 2020
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Mary Elaine Stringer Acree Browne, 86, mother and dear friend to all, died on September 28, 2020 at her home surrounded by her adoring daughters.

Mary grew up in Hamilton, Texas. She completed her bachelor’s degree in teaching and later earned a master’s degree in Psychology. While a Texas girl at heart, she followed her husband all over the country and lived her last 55 years in Bowie, MD. She enjoyed teaching elementary school throughout her career and amassed so many loved ones that feel like family.

Anyone who met her will remember her quick wit and humor, and her boundless ability to love. She was an avid gardener all her days and loved to take trips and discover new things. Mary loved her family and made everyone feel special. She faithfully attended Bowie United Methodist Church. Mary sought to instill in all her children a zest for life, a commitment to God, family and friends, and the power of kindness.

She is survived by her three daughters who take comfort in knowing she is now able to be with her eldest daughter, Teresa Schneider. Her surviving children include daughters Tammy Gausman married to Jon, Jean Bell married to Pat, and Carla Solari, as well as her stepchildren, Adele Air married to Kevin, Beverly Browne, and Stewart Browne married to Enori. Her surviving grandchildren are Brian Schneider married to Laura, Kim Holland married to Paul, Kyle Gausman married to Brandy, Dylan Gausman married to Casie, Sean Bell married to Shannon, Jessica Bell, Carmen and Danielle Solari, and Jimena Browne. She was thrilled to have great grandchildren; Aiden and Carter Holland, Emmalyn, Eli and Jody Gausman, Anna Jane, Theresa, and Nolan Bell.

A memorial gathering will be held at Bowie United Methodist Church, weather permitting, on October 24, 2020 at 11 am. The church is located at 13009 6th St, Bowie, Md and can be reached at (301) 464-8383.

A private funeral will follow at 2 pm and will be held at Robert E. Evans Funeral Home in Bowie, MD.

Please attend the live-streaming at 2 PM through Evans Funeral Home link: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/bowie-md/mary-browne-9379854.

The link will be posted the day of the service and will be on the Robert Evans Funeral Home Facebook Page.

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In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in her name to LifeStyles of Maryland (local mission to ensure everyone has a home) at LifestylesofMD.org or mail to PO Box 1794, La Plata, MD 20646 or Bowie United Methodist Church 13009 6th Street, Bowie, MD 20720.

The family asks that you spend time with your children, take a walk with your loved ones, and make a toast to enduring friendships lifelong and beyond. That is what Mary would wish.

Services

  • Friends are invited to the Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

  • Private Family only Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

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Karen Coale

October 24, 2020

I worked with Mary on many projects at BUMC and we supported each other on several committees. She was a loving and caring soul and I cherished every moment we were together. She also supported Charlie when I was recovering from cancer, and brought us many meals. She shared her home with us when we moved and had to return for appointments. We always stayed up late talking. Such wonderful memories. We love you.

Susan Matteson

October 24, 2020

Mary Browne with an "e", your smile and humor will be truly missed! My first memory of you is teaming with you on an Emmaus walk. I still remember you putting your makeup on with that big ole magnified mirror. You cracked me up from that day on. I know you are up there talking with everyone, cracking them up. I'll see you again one day. Be ready to talk and tell me all about Heaven.

Angela Barnes

October 23, 2020

I will greatly miss you Mary Browne with an "e". Your smile, your support of me, the love you freely gave to me is immeasurable. You were such a delight and the ripples of your love will continue through so many of us who had the great blessing of being close to you.

Until we meet again, Mary, my friend, I will miss you and love you so very much.

Richard Schneider

October 22, 2020

Richard Schneider

October 22, 2020

Meri Cox

October 12, 2020

Mary and I became “fast friends” when we met at Chapel Forge Elementary when it first opened way back in 1968. And who could not love Mary? Warm, funny and bright - she was irresistible! We shared endless stories (funny and sad) of our kids, husbands, growing up experiences, recipes, gardening tips and, of course, all the goings on at Chapel with the students, staff and, let’s not forget, all those interfering parents. So many of Mary’s stories left me convulsed with laughter. Ahh, the memories!

Fast forward 50+ years, and our friendship retained its strong ties. Lunches, long telephone calls and countless texts and emails kept us close. Lucky I never deleted any of the texts and emails, so that I can frequently revisit them. They are a treasure trove of love and friendship. Mary will, of course, stay in my heart forever!

PJ Pitonyak

October 10, 2020

Mary and I made an instant connection when we met through the Southern Maryland Emmaus community. Our similar sense of humor and experiences in schools and with our children made talking and laughing so easy. Mary was truly beautiful inside and out. She will be missed, but I look forward to seeing her in Heaven when the time comes, and I am expecting a smile, a laugh and a hug from my “New Best Friend.” Love you, Mary Browne with an e.

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