Irene L. Browning


Irene L. (Smith) Browning died on Sunday, March 11, at Apple Valley Nursing Center in Ayer. She was the wife of the late George Landon Browning III. She was 91.

Born in Brockton on December 22, 1920, she was the daughter of Clyde and Ida Smith.

Her early years were spent in North Easton with her brother and sister. She later moved to Framingham and then to Marlboro, eventually retiring to Vineyard Haven.

She worked until she was 80, first at Hodgman Rubber Company in Framingham, where she met her husband, George, and later as a laboratory technician for Haartz Auto Fabric in Acton.

She loved being outdoors; riding her horse Jack Frost, walking her dog Baby, gardening, fishing, cross country skiing, and anything to do with the beach. She was also devoted to the felines in her life: Smokey, Pinky, Honey, McDuff, and Larry.

She is survived by her daughter, Pamela J. Browning of Harvard and Athol. She was the twin sister of the late Arlene Driscoll and sister of the late Clyde Smith, Jr., who was affectionately known as Buddy.

A celebration of her life and a creation of a memorial garden will be held later this year.

Arrangements under the care of Concord Funeral Home, Concord. To share a memory or offer a condolence visit: