FORT HALL — Charlene Browning, 86, of Fort Hall, passed away at her home on November 8, 2017.
Charlene was born on November 6, 1931 to Joe Hardy and Marie Madzeweyu Hardy in Fort Hall, Idaho.
Charlene spent her lifetime in Fort Hall Indian Reservation. She grew up with her grandfather, Thomas Madzeweyu on his ranch and also for a time with her grandmother, Jeannette Pocatello in her log cabin in Fort Hall townsite. (Jeannette is one of the daughters of Chief Pocatello) Jeannette encouraged her to learn all she could in school. She graduated from the following schools: Blackfoot High School in 1950, Idaho State University Trade and Technical School in 1951and Grimms Business College in 1963.
She held various positions with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe including court clerk, treasurer, police radio dispatcher, education curriculum secretary and community health representative. She retired in 2013 from Four Directions Treatment Center as a Unit Tech.
Charlene’s memories include getting her hair braided then her grandfather Thomas took her with him on a one-horse buggy down to the Buffalo Lodge where Indian people were waiting. He got off the buggy, grabbed the bag of money and the games of the 4th of July began: tug-of-war, 3 rocks tossing, races and many more games, then the watermelon feast. She also remembers grandmother Jeannette taking her berry picking filling up willow baskets and singing at the Sun Dance Lodge. She enjoyed going with her mother gathering sunflowers. She and her mother gathered sunflower seeds with willow baskets and then removed the hulls using a large willow fan in the wind.
She was a member of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Fort Hall. She also served on the Native American Church as secretary. She enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, beadwork and bingo. She loved tending to her flowers and plants, listening to Indian music, watching her soaps on TV and her three cocker spaniels.
Charlene is survived by her daughters, Nancy Nacki, Jan Nacki and Joyce Hayes, all of Fort Hall; her sister Teresa Hardy of Fort Hall; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Marie Hardy; son, Aldayne T. Browning; sister, Alvina Fred; grandsons, Allen Broncho and Clayson Neaman, and her great grandfather Chief Pocatello.
Charlene Browning was taken to the Good Shepherd Church on Mission Rd. at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017. Prayer services were at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on Mission Rd. in Fort Hall. Burial was at 1 p.m. Monday, November 13, 2017 at Cedars Cemetery in Fort Hall.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.