Lenor Brawner

Lenor Lavonne Doering Brawner, 84, loving wife, caring mother, sister, and cherished friend of Georgetown, Texas, died July 16, 2023, at Seton Williamson Hospital, surrounded by family. Lenor was born to Laurence J. and Mina M. (Little) Brinker at home in Lake City, Iowa, on April 3, 1939. While attending Lake City High School, she served as a cheerleader and Homecoming Queen before graduating in 1957 and attending Northwest Missouri State University.

Living and working in several states throughout her lifetime and traveling extensively, Lenor built lasting bonds with many. She will be forever remembered for her gentle and kind manner, delicious midwestern cooking, stylish flair, and impeccable housekeeping. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed getting to know each one and making them feel special. She was truly loved and adored by all.

Lenor is survived by her husband, Jim Brawner, daughters Jody Sue Johnston Ping (Casey) and Heather Jo Doering Kopecky, son Shaun David Doering (Shawna), daughter-in-law Sandra Kay Johnston (Mitch), and sister-in-law Mary Van Genderen. In addition, her grandchildren, including Conner Cleary, Cassandra Kopecky (Tyler Neustaedter), Alexandra Kopecky, Kelsey Hazard (Matt), Allison Johnston, Colton Ping (Micaela), Justin Ping, and Megan Ping, as well as her great-grandchildren, Leo, and Ruby Hazard.

Lenor is preceded in death by her parents, brother Morgan E. Brinker, previous husband David K. Doering, son Jeffrey Scott Johnston, and her sister, Norma J. Ninneman.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Richard Lawless and his team, who have cared for Lenor for many years, and the clinical staff of Ascension Seton Williamson Hospital.  A special thanks to Jim’s family, son James III (Leanne), daughter Patricia Herrin, and grandchildren Mandy, Kristi, Cassie, Jared, and Jennifer for accepting Lenor into their extended family. She, in turn, loved and cherished them all as her immediate family.

A Celebration of Life is being planned in honor of Lenor, and a private family inurnment will be held later at the Grace Hill Cemetery in Tripp, South Dakota. In lieu of customary remembrances, those wishing to may donate to Lenor’s favorite nonprofit organization, St. Jude’s Children’s® Research Hospital https://www.stjude.org/.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at Cook Walden Davis for the Brawner family.


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