Jessie Teresa Browning Marks passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 in Wenatchee after a lengthy battle with dementia.
She was the first born of seven children to Frank and Theresa Browning on Jan. 30, 1930 in Recco, Alberta, Canada. At the age of five, she moved with her parents and sister, Ethelyn, to the Oroville/Ellisforde area where she attended school and later attended Tonasket High School.
At the age of nine, she suffered from rheumatic fever and cholera. She was bedridden for almost a year and was told she would probably not live to marry or have children. Thanks to the care of her parents and several good friends, she went on to marry Gale Marks on Oct. 16, 1947 and had two daughters, Joyce and Janice.
Jessie was involved in the Tonasket Community Church, many clubs, and enjoyed a social life. She was an amazing “take charge” woman and caregiver for many family members often putting others before herself. She became a U.S. citizen on May 4, 1962.
They lived in Tonasket for 27 years where they owned a small apple orchard and raised their girls. During that time, she worked for Tonasket Drug, the Tonasket School District and Smith & Nelson Fruit Co. In July of 1976, they moved to Wenatchee where she worked for Wells and Wade. Always living in small towns, she found it difficult to move to a town of twenty thousand but soon developed many close relationships. Her husband Gale passed away Sept. 12, 1988.
She met and married Don Mihelitch, Feb. 3, 1990. During their time together, they lived life to the fullest, fishing, camping, and spending time with family and friends. Don passed away in 1994.
Jessie was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Lefty Vest, and Fran Robison; brother, Ron Browning; and special friend, Glen Brincefield.
She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Farley and Jan (George) Wilder; brothers, Henry (Judy) Browning, Norm (Geraldine) Browning; and sister, Joanne (Jim) Wilson; four grandchildren, Craig (Jessica) Farley, Jennifer (Todd) Mathews, Becca Wilder and Thomas Wilder; four greatgrandchildren, Eric, Tyler, Olivia, and Samantha; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 at the Tonasket Cemetery.
The family would like to express gratitude for the wonderful care given by Highgate at the Cottage and Central Washington Hospital.
If desired memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1403 S. Grand Blvd, Ste 202-S, Spokane, WA 99203 or alz.org.
Bergh Funeral Service & Crematory is in care of arrangements.