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Virginia “Gini” Browne


Virginia Browne, Gini to those who knew her best, passed away on her birthday, March 31, 2023, at the age of 84. She was predeceased by her parents, Glenn and Ruth Potter, whom she cherished deeply and is survived by her loving daughter, Dawn Price, and granddaughters, Brianna (Maxwell) Steiner and Jessica Steiner.

After over 30 years as a beloved middle school English and elementary classroom teacher in the Roscommon school district, she retired to her “Tupa” in Old Mission, MI, a home which she owned since 1982 and designed and rebuilt in 1996. There, she continued to devote her time to lifelong learning, raising farm collies, and caring for her family and garden.

Gini was a spunky and formidable soul who will be dearly missed, and our family is grateful to know that she is now at peace.

An open house will be held for Gini on April 4, 2023, from 5 to 7pm at Maple Ridge Manor at 12020 Foreman St SE, Lowell, MI 49331.

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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss Dawn. She was a great women although I only met her once, I loved her right away. She was a down to earth women and outgoing ! And I loved her spunk too!! Lots of great memories

  2. I knew Gini as the mother of my friend Dawn. She was always calm, kind, positive and was amazed and amused by every person and everything in her life. I was blessed to know her.

  3. Dawn,
    I’m so sorry. Your mom was fun, spunky, mischievous, full of energy, and had a loving heart. I’ve missed having my good friend a phone call away. Thank you for letting me know.
    With thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Jan and Bob

  4. She was a beautiful soul. It was such an honor and privilege to have her spend her remaining moments with our family. She quickly jumped into all of our hearts. She will be forever missed.

  5. I am very deeply saddened for your lost. May the Lord gives you the strength to endure through these difficult time. Your friend Ernesto

  6. Gini was a colleague and a teacher of all three of my children! We all grew under her tutelage!
    May she rest in peace.

  7. I’ve been thinking about you these past few years. Then I saw this pop up. She was my 5th grade teacher. We had the same last name but hers was with an “e”. You were a wonderful teacher with huge impact. She was one of the very first persons who told me I had different color eyes that were pretty. Condolences to your family. Rest easy wonderful soul

  8. Mrs. Price (as I knew her) was a teacher in St. Helen when she moved to Michigan and I had the honor of being in her first class at that school.

    She was and remains my favorite teacher of all time. She was a wonderful person, teacher and human being. I’m sorry to hear of her passing but happy to hear of her 84 years on this earth.

    Thank you for everything thing you did and my deepest thoughts, prayers and condolence to her family.

    Love you,


  9. Mrs.Browne was my elementary school teacher. As well as my sisters. She was a great teacher and person! Prayers to her family during this dificult time. R.I.H Mrs.Browne. Thank you for all you did!❤

  10. Mrs Brown was an incredible teacher. She started my life long love of Shakespeare when I was in English Enrichment class in 7th and 8th grade. I still think of fondly as one of my favorite teachers. My prayers are with her family at this time.

  11. Dawn,
    Please accept our condolences on the passing of your Mom, whom we knew as Virginia, our energetic neighbor up the street. We are with you in Spirit as you celebrate your Mom’s life.
    God bless,
    Nic & Rhonda Ballintyn

  12. So sorry for your loss. Condolences, Peter Vanderhorst and family

  13. Mrs. Browne was my favorite teacher. I will never forget how she inspired those of us lucky enough to be in her middle school English Enrichment class. She had us writing thesis statements and contemplating themes from Les Miserables (whether truth, chance or free will impacted life more). She inspired a Shakespeare Club and pushed us to do more and be more. She was a wonderful mentor and teacher who knew how to challenge and nurture growth.

  14. Dawn, so sorry to hear about you mother’s passing. Blessings to you and your family in this sad time.

  15. Gini was a member of the Old Mission Women’s Club in Traverse City for 20 years. She was
    always willing to help with projects and was fun to work with. In past years, the Club had a “phone chain” to contact members. I was the lucky member who had Gini on my call list. I always called her last – after I passed along the message, we would have a good, fun, lengthy chat. She always brightened my day!
    My sympathy to her family . May she rest in peace.

  16. I enjoyed knowing Gini through the Old Mission Women’s Club.

    Please accept my sincere sympathy.

  17. I just found out about the death of Virginia. I am so sorry. I always enjoyed visiting and talking to her. She always had interesting things to say.

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