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Obituary - Kay Brownlee


Last updated 8/21/2020 at 9:33am

Saturday, July 25th, 2020, Kay Brownlee, Mom, Grandma, Aunt Kay, passed away at the age of 81. 

Kay is preceded in death by her husband, Stuart Brownlee, her mother, father, brother and sister.

She is survived by her two sons and their wives, Steve and Debbie Brownlee, Tim and Randi Brownlee. She was a loving grandmother to her eight grandchildren, Jillian, Chris, Brock, Brea, Alex, Paige, Sadie, Sophie and four great-grandchildren, Carson, Milo, Emerson and Grady, and an aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

Kay was born in St. Ignatius, MT, and grew up with a brother and sister on the family farm. She received a teaching degree from University of Montana, Go GRIZZ! She married Stu Brownlee and relocated to Gildford, MT, where she would become a teacher and eventually raise two sons, Steve and Tim.

Kay and her late husband, Stu, loved to make crafts together and were a good team, traveling to local craft fairs selling their creations. He was the carpenter and she was the artist. She was always baking up something delicious for her grandkids who she cared for during the summers. Some of the family favorites include, donuts, cocoa sheet cake and her ‘every holiday’ sugar cookies. There were two drawers in the kitchen dedicated to cookie cutters.

To say she adored her grandchildren was an understatement, she was constantly doting on them and making sure there were activities to keep them busy. She knew the value of family and always made them a priority, passing this value onto her sons and grandchildren. She spent her last days smiling and enjoying the company of family, whom will miss her wit and strong will. She will be missed by many family and friends.

Her life will be celebrated at a small service Friday, August 28th, 2020, 4 p.m. at Heights Family Funeral Home in Billings and a graveside service August 29th, 2020, 1 p.m. at the Gildford cemetery. Please join the family after at Gildford Park.


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