Wednesday , June 26, 2013 - 5:17 PM
Wilma Jeannette Browning Lichfield, 84, died peacefully in her sleep at her daughter's (MayBeth) home on Monday June 24, 2013 in St. George, Utah.Wilma was born April 5, 1929 to Henry Vernal and Thelma Smirl Browning. Great, Great Granddaughter of Jonathan Browning the pioneer gun maker. Her many talents exhibited themselves at a young age writing her first poem when she was 8 years old. She loved to perform with her sister, Charilla playing duets on the violin and the piano.
Wilma was a congenial, genuine, loved person who never spoke ill of anyone. Wilma very poised graceful and as gentle as she was beautiful. She was very popular and as a sophomore served as Weber High Student-body Secretary in Ogden, Utah. Her family moved to Vale, Oregon. It was there a striking handsome young man named Walter Curtis Lichfield whom she dated at Weber High drove from Roy, Utah to Vale Oregon to court Wilma.
For the next two years the couple communicated through letters while Walter completed his duty as a sergeant in the marine corp. in China. He sent silk for her wedding dress and she received even her wedding ring in the mail. The couple was married on April 14, 1949 in the Logan LDS Temple.
Their home was blessed with thirteen children. No mother was ever more loved and admired by her children. While raising her children she continued her love for the violin as a member of the Rocky Mountain Orchestra. She followed in her father's Violin talents that fed his family through the depression. At the age of 58, Wilma discovered what she would become best known for that of creating musical compositions. After composing many songs her family created a CD with 21 of her best-loved songs known as "Pocketful of Melodies" using the vocal talents of her posterity. She has written many plays with original musical scores which have been compiled into a book by the generous donation from her son, Robert. She was a winner of essay contests and honored as "Classic Mom of the Year."
Her greatest joy was visiting each of her living children and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.She is survived by her children, Brent (Deborah) Lichfield, Layton, UT,Vern (Tracie) Lichfield, Harrisville, UT, Robert ( Patti ) Lichfield, LaVerkin, UT, Luci (Mark) Olsen, Young Ward UT, Curtis Lichfield,Narv (Flori) Lichfield, Greenville, S.C., Charilla (Charles) Gillett, Colorado Springs, CO, Jonathan (Shoko) Lichfield, Avon, IN, Jeannette (Ken) Seely, Cedar City, UT, MayBeth Lichfield, Washington, UT; Many grandchildren and great-grand-children.Two sisters, Charilla (Boyd) Brown, St George, UT, Peggy (Hans) Schultz Troy, MT and sister-in-law, Julie Browning, Driggs, ID.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, her sons; Laurance, Joseph, and Terry Lichfield, and her brother Gary Browning.
Two memorials to celebrate her life will be held. Saturday June 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Spilsbury Hurricane Valley Mortuary, 25 N. 2000 W. Hurricane, UT with a viewing one hour prior to services. Monday July 1, 2013 at Noon at the Young Ward Church, 2200 S. 2394 W., (off Utah Highway 89/91) Young Ward, UT with a viewing one hour prior to services, Bishop Dick Whittier will be conducting. Interment will take place in the Providence City Cemetery, 950 E. River Heights Blvd., Logan, UT.
All friends and family are invited to either or both Memorials. The Memorials are under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.spilsburymortuary.com .
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