August 18, 2005
Louise A. Browning
Louise Adeline Merry Browning, 94, died on August 9 at Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oak Bluffs where she had lived for eight years.
Louise was born in Vineyard Haven to Joseph and Dolphine Merry and grew up both there and in Lambert’s Cove. She attended the Lambert’s Cove School and graduated from Tisbury School. She received her RN degree from Massachusetts Memorial Hospitals and worked at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital where she was head nurse.
Louise entered the United States Army during World War II as a nurse and attained the rank of lieutenant. After her discharge she worked on the Vineyard at the Marine Hospital.
In 1950 she moved to Galveston, Texas and worked at the public health hospital there. She married Clifford Dickerson and moved to Jasper, Texas where he later died. She married Col. Clifford Browning and continued to live in Texas until his death in 1997. Her family convinced her to come back home to the Vineyard where she made Windemere her new community.
For all of her long life, Louise brought joy and humor to those around her. She was always a caregiver who generously shared both her professional skills and her good cheer.
Louise is survived by her nieces Joan Merry, Carol DeBettencourt, and Debbie Magnuson; nephews Bill Merry and David Merry; and many great- and great- great-nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at the Lambert’s Cove cemetery on Sunday, August 21, at 8:30 am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their wish list.
Dennis Joseph Rose, Jr.
Dennis Joseph Rose, Jr., 31, died suddenly on August 14. Visiting hours will be this evening, August 18, from 7 to 9 pm at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in Oak Bluffs. A graveside ceremony will be held on Friday, August 19, at 11 am at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Oak Bluffs. Memorial donations may be made to the Little Denden Fund, c/o Martha’s Vineyard Co-op, Attn: Lisa Williston, P.O. Box 668, Vineyard Haven, MA 02557. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for more information and an on-line guestbook. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of The Times.
Keith C. Kennedy
Keith C. Kennedy died suddenly on August 10 on the Vineyard where he had lived for the last 25 years. He was born in Montclair, N.J., on Sept. 11, 1950. Keith attended Montclair schools, graduating from Montclair High. He graduated from Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, N.H., where he studied economics.
Keith was widely traveled, but always returned to Martha’s Vineyard which he loved. Keith was an avid reader, loved photography and painting. His passion was the sharing of ideas, his stunning intellect and knowledge of global history the fuel for challenging debate. His charm and engaging wit were gifts he shared with the world.
He leaves to mourn his passing his parents, Mabel and Charles Kennedy of New Jersey, He also leaves his loving sister, Joanne Kennedy-Robb, and brother-in-law, Claude, of New Jersey; his brother Kevin Kennedy of New Jersey; two nieces, Corey and Janeen Robb-Robinson; his very special significant other, Susan Klein, as well as a host of relatives and friends.
His funeral service was held on August 15 in the Tabernacle, Oak Bluffs. Burial followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Bluffs. Memorial donations in Keith’s memory may be directed to the Eclectic Madman Collection, c/o Susan Klein, P.O. Box 214, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Donations will be used to purchase books on African American literature, global economics and world history, which will be donated to the Oak Bluffs Library. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for more information and an online guestbook.
Karen MacDowell MacKay
Karen MacKay, 39, of West Tisbury, died at home on August 13. A full obituary appears on page 2 of the News section in this morning’s Times.