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Edith I. Browning "Chewing Gum Lady"
Purpose of Fund
History of Fund
For many years, Edith belonged to a group of women who had breakfast together five days a week at Royal Café in Downtown Greencastle. In 1995, one of these women, Judy Johnson, began planning Edith’s 90th birthday party. Because Edith would not accept gifts, Johnson decided to set up a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation to commemorate Edith by supporting something of special meaning to her: her church. With the help of three friends, Johnson got a new typewriter and sent out about 500 letters soliciting donations for the endowment. 277 people contributed.
Judy Johnson, Margaret “Peggy” W. Daniel, Francis Whitaker, and Vicki Small, the four women who initiated the endowment, told Edith of the surprise during her birthday party at Asbury Towers.
1988 Breakfast Girls Club photo (left to right)
Ellen Huber, Ruth Greve, Helen Johnston, Edith I. Browning, Flo Morrison, Madonna Hammond, Judy Johnson.
Grant / Payout History