Katherine Elizabeth Browner of Newport passed away quietly on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late Frances G. Batey and Russell E. Batey (North Providence, RI).

Katherine was born in Newport on May 6, 1950, attended the public schools of Newport, and was a lifelong resident.

Katherine married Michael N. Browner, Sr. (Somerset, MA) in Cleveland, OH on August 19, 1978 and was a devoted mother of three sons: Donald, Russell, and Michael, Jr.

Katherine worked as an assembler for Raytheon Company in Portsmouth for many years and was a homemaker who loved to cook for family and friends. Katherine also loved to sew and knit and was also a lover of music (Lou Rawls and Natalie Cole were two of her favorite artists). Katherine was a deeply devoted mother and grandmother.

Katherine leaves to cherish her memory, her three sons, Donald F. Browner (Keisha) of Newport, Russell E. Browner of Fall River, MA, and Michael N. Browner, Jr. of East Providence, RI. Katherine also leaves seven grandchildren, Ryan Browner, Austin Browner, Luke Browner, Marcus Browner, Brianne Browner, Robert Evans, Jared Ford, and three great grandchildren. Katherine also leaves her beloved father Russell E. Batey of North Providence, a dear sister Barbara Hargrow of Middletown, and a host of nieces and nephews, and close friends.

Services for Katherine will be from the Community Baptist Church, in Newport, with a wake at 10am followed by a funeral at 11am.

Burial to follow in Newport Memorial Park, Howland Avenue, Middletown, RI.

Many thanks to the staff of the Memorial Funeral Home for their services.

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