Janice Deanna Browning
Janice Deanna Browning
October 28, 1951 - July 14, 2021


Surrounded by loving family, Janice Deanna “Dea” Browning peacefully passed into eternal rest on Wednesday evening, July 14, 2021, after a brief illness.

On October 28, 1951, Dea was born in Gainesville, Florida, to loving and hardworking parents. In 1962 her family moved to Palatka, Florida, where Dea would later graduate from Palatka Senior High School with her beloved Class of 1969.

As a young adult, Dea moved back to Gainesville where she attended the University of Florida, earning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees. In 2005, she retired after 25 years of service as a Dermatologist Nurse Practitioner (DCNP) at the Malcolm Randall Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville.

From 1982 to 1994, Dea was married to William “Bill” Paine, and to them was born a beautiful and beloved daughter, Erin Browning-Paine.

Dea loved life, laughter, and music. She was a talented fiddle player and enjoyed attending and playing at the Florida Folk Festival and the Florida State Fiddler’s Convention. For two decades she hosted at her home a weekly acoustic jam, the Half-Fasst Jam, for musicians of all levels. She also enjoyed dancing as a part of Gainesville's International Folk Dancers.

Dea was a lifetime member of Palatka's David Browning Railroad Museum, which was dedicated by the Palatka City Commission in 1993 on the seventieth birthday of her father, David, a railroad man and prominent civic leader who died in 1994.

Deanna was also a member of: American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Holistic Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, Peniel Baptist Church of Palatka, Unitarian Universalist Church of Gainesville, Gainesville Oldtime Dance Society, National Organization for Women, NAACP, and the Sierra Club.

Deanna was preceded in death by her parents, David and Janice Nichols Browning.

Survivors include her daughter, Erin Browning-Paine of Gainesville; a sister, Rebecca Browning Altman of Palatka; two nephews, Alex David Altman and Eric Samuel Altman of Palatka; and numerous cousins.

A "celebration of life" service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Peniel Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, please send an uplifting condolence card to Erin Browning-Paine at 9218 SE County Road 2082, Gainesville, FL 32641, and/or donate to your favorite charity.

Memories and condolences may also be expressed to the family via the online guestbook at www.themastersfuneralhomes.com.

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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