On Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at 3:30 pm in her room at Diversicare of Council Grove, Dorothy Edith Braun went to her eternal home at the age of 84, where she was joyfully received by her longtime Savior Jesus Christ and reunited with her young son David Paul, who entered Heaven at the age of 6 in 1966.
Dorothy's life was characterized by her commitment to Christ, which began at the age of 14. Born on July 30, 1935 in Powell, Wyoming to Dick and Mary Sievers, she was one of six children. She received her bachelor's degree at Northwestern University in Minneapolis, MN where she met her future husband Ralph Braun of Council Grove, KS. They graduated from Northwestern, married on June 8, 1957, headed to Dallas Theological Seminary and from there into many churches, hearts and homes across the United States over their 62 years married and in the ministry. Dorothy was a born homemaker, creating amazing meals, hostessing many feasts and themed parties and raising each of her five children to know in their cradles the name of the Lord. Her children will tell you that she never raised her voice to them in anger, was the epitome of selflessness and sacrificial love, taught countless lessons by example, and sang and hummed her way through life, always pointing out the beauty of nature and God's creation, whether by identifying birds, flowers and rocks by day or constellations by night. She loved gardening, kept meticulous family history records, and read her Bible through many times. Her friends will tell you she was one of a kind, a truly godly wealth of wisdom and a woman who knew and loved the word of God and its Author. Her caregivers might whisper that she was a favorite, that she always listened and gently guided to a better and higher way. Her husband will freely share how blessed he was to be united in matrimony to his Proverbs 31 woman. Her grandchildren will boast of her flaky croissants, decadant chocolate cream roll, their many games of progressive rummy, shared love of old books, her letters to them, her unconditional love and abiding faith. And her great grandchildren were the delight of her twilight years. Dorothy loved well and her legacy is her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and her desire that they walk in truth and God's love all the days of their lives, as she did.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bob, and her son David Paul. She is survived by her husband Ralph Braun, and son Steven Braun (Cyndi)of Brookings, OR, and daughters Kim Bacon (Dan), Karen Jackson (James), and Mary Allen (Richard) of Council Grove, KS, as well as 22 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
A memorial service honoring Dorothy's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 21st, 2020 at the Council Grove Christian Church, located at 106 West Main Street, Council Grove, KS. Flowers and donations may be sent to this location as well. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Council Grove Christian Church. After the service there will be a reception time for sharing memories and visiting with the family. A private family burial will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery.
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