Following an extended illness, Linda Browne, 66, passed from this world Friday, April 19, 2013, in an Oklahoma City hospital. She lived most of her life in the Dickson community and only recently moved to the Oklahoma City area to be near to her daughter and grandchildren.
Linda graduated from Dickson High School, the class of 1965 and had worked as a librarian. She and Raymond James (Jimmy) Welch Jr. were married in November 2, 1967, at Ardmore. Jimmy passed away September 10, 1983. She later married Christopher Allan Browne in 1986; he passed away May 29, 2004.
Linda was fiercely devoted to her family; she enjoyed Internet shopping, genealog y, fishing and enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Karla Jean and Troy Petty of Yukon, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Lauryn Petty of Oklahoma City and Marshall Petty of Yukon; also a great-grandson, Cameron Casebolt, who is on the way. Also sur viving are five brothers and sisters, Eugenia Willingham, Betty Mason-Holley and her husband, Tommy, Imogene Shrum and her husband, Kevin, Ronnie Preston, Gerald Preston and his wife, Cynde, all from Ardmore; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews that she loved dearly.
In addition to her two husbands, Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Velma Baugh Preston; father and mother-in-law, Ray and Jean Welch, brother-inlaw, Donnie Welch and brother-in-law, Gene Willingham; sister-in-law, Nancy Preston; a nephew, Todd Willingham; and three great-nieces.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in the Centennial Chapel of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory conducted by the Rev. Leroy Holman, pastor of Maranatha Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Serving as bearers will be Victor Copeland, Devin Shrum, Doug and Dale Mason, and Jeremiah and Wesley Preston. Honorary bearers include Chris Hunter, Wesley Patton, Jerry Cook and Joey Shorter.
A time of visitation and support for family and friends will be from 5 to 7 this evening at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.