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Kathryn Williamson Browning

April 17, 1968 — February 27, 2023


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Kathryn Williamson Browning died on 27 February 2023 due to complications from pneumonia. She was 54.

Born to Jim and Trisha Williamson on 17 April, 1968, Kathy spent most of her life in North Georgia, between Alpharetta and Jasper. As a child, she fell in love with nature on camping and caving trips with her dad, and on the farm of her MawMaw and PawPaw. She was certainly a country girl.

She was also an incredible gymnast and for about 10 years, she competed at a high standard for her age group. Her favorite event was floor, her least favorite was beam, and she scored highest on the vault. And during a state gymnastics meet, she narrowly missed earning a chance to compete at the US Olympic Trials. Still, she needed an entire wall to display all the awards and medals that she'd won.

Kathy attended schools local to Roswell, Georgia. Mimosa Elementary, where she met a close childhood friend, Linda Andrew. And Roswell High School, where she met the father of her children, Charlie Browning. Kathy and Charlie connected through their appreciation of nature and adventure, and they were avid rock climbers.

Kathy graduated from Kennesaw State with a bachelor's degree in information systems. She was incredibly computer savvy, and spent several years as a self-employed computer programmer, and additionally some time working in a plant nursery, and later as a server at a local establishment by her home in the mountains.

Kathy was mother to two children, Tara and Nathan. Tara was born in December of 1997, and Nathan in August of 2001.

She created sanctuary and a sense of home through many different spots in Georgia, before she found the community she loved most recently in Jasper. 

It was there that she took on the responsibility of looking after her mother, Trisha, who was in very poor health and physical condition. Kathy poured everything she had into taking care of her mother. They shared several years together, and many sweet and difficult moments, before Trisha passed in December of 2022. 

Even though she knew it was coming, Kathy was devastated. She worked to make plans for the next chapter in her life, but she had also become frail herself. When faced with her own physical state, and complications with pneumonia, she was, unfortunately, unable to recover. She died on life support at Piedmont Mountainside.

She will be remembered for her laughter, her adventure, connection to others and to nature, among many other qualities.

Kathy is survived by her father, Jim Williamson, her two children Tara and Nathan Browning, her brother Richard Williamson, and her sister Debbie Browning.

A memorial service for Kathryn is planned for Saturday March 11, 2023, at 2:00pm preceded by a gathering of friends and family from 12:00 noon until 2:00.

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