Mrs Maria Browning

Maria Browning (née Aprahamian)

7th August 1930 – 20th September 2020

 “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together… keep me in your heart I’ll stay there forever.” A.A. Milne

Maria was born on the 7th August 1930 in Brno, Czechoslovakia. She came to England in 1939 as a child refugee from Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia on the Kinder Transport, organised by the late Sir Nicholas Winton.

She arrived in Brighton and was kindly fostered by Mr and Mrs Park, where she gained three sisters: Joan, Beryl and Thelma. Maria stayed in Britain after the war and trained as a Nurse at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Tottenham. During her time in London she met Jack Browning and they were married in 1957. Her daughter Madeleine was born in 1961, and their second daughter, Mary, was born in 1964. They enjoyed a happy life together in Sawbridgeworth and Little Hallingbury.

Maria devoted her life to caring for others and was a very kind and generous person. She loved to socialise with friends and family. Maria enjoyed a number of hobbies, including painting, poetry, reading books, horse-riding, cooking, and had a particular passion for cats. Maria thoroughly enjoyed looking after her four granddaughters, Emma, Annie, Lydia and Bella, whom she shared many happy memories with. In her later years, Maria enjoyed living in The Smithy amongst lovely neighbours and friends.

The family have fond memories of Maria sitting in her garden in the sunshine, reading a book with a glass of wine and her cat by her side.

In August 2020, Maria had a fantastic day celebrating her 90th Birthday with her family. She will be greatly missed.

In particular, the family would like to express their immense gratitude and love to the Park family who offered Maria shelter and love throughout her life.


Charity details

Royal Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals

The RSPCA is the leading UK animal welfare charity. They specialise in rescue, animal welfare and preventing animal cruelty.

Registered Number 219099

Messages of condolence

To the most wonderful person and Grandma. You will be missed by me forever. You will live on through us always. I love you to the moon and back. X

Miss Emma Carter

Goodbye Grandma, thank you for all the happy memories, you're such an inspiration and I will love and miss you forever. Those in the afterlife will be lucky to have you, especially the cats xxxxxxxxx


Goodbye Maria my dear friend although we were completely different age groups a more fun vibrant friend I could not have wished for ,we shared memories worries and fun lunch dates. I admired your cheerful outlook on life and will honestly miss you forever . love you

Mrs natalie gorni

With deepest condolences. We all loved Auntie Maria and she will be missed. Maggy and all the family XX

Mrs Margaret Luxford

Maria was like a much-loved member of our family and will be sadly missed by all of us, especially Kevin and Robert.

Mrs Daphne Ruffell

Dear Maria, remembering happy times, fun and smiles with you at the cottage in Frinton amongst many other lovely memories while Mandy, Mary and I grew up together. I'll never forget those rosy cheeks and lovely smile. Sleep well Maria. With much love, Julie x

Mrs Julie Cleary

Service details

Cremation Service

15 October, 2020 12:15

Parndon Wood Crematorium

Parndon Wood Road, Harlow, CM19 4SF
In order to help keep everyone healthy and safe during the Coronavirus pandemic it will only be close family attending the service.

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