Brownie J. (Boultinghouse) Gass
February 21, 1931 – January 23, 2019
Brownie J. (Boultinghouse) Gass passed away on January 23, 2019 at the Hospice House in Omaha. Brownie intended to celebrate her 88th birthday on February 21, but God had other plans. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, as well as a strong, independent woman. She was preceded in death by husband, Ronald N. Gass and son, David S. Gass. Brownie leaves three loving daughters: Deborah Stang (Daniel) of Omaha, Stacey Hertenstein of Chesapeake, VA, and Lisa Parramore (James) of Canton, OH. “Gram” will be greatly missed by her ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
Brownie was born in Osborne, Kansas, on February 21, 1931 to parents Louis and Dora Boultinghouse. Upon graduation from Osborne County High School, she moved to Kansas City and then Omaha, with plans of becoming a stewardess and seeing the world.
In Omaha, Brownie worked for Mutual of Omaha and created a network of friends. These friends introduced her to Ronald, whom she married and spent 63 wonderful years with.
With Ron’s help, Brownie did get to see the world, including several trips to Europe, Australia, the Panama Canal, cruises to warm destinations, as well as seasonal living in Estes Park, Colorado and Ft. Myers, Florida. Brownie enjoyed spending time with her family, golfing, (she was a member of the Hole-In-One Club) and socializing with friends through outings, her Queen Bee Club, and the infamous themed dinner parties. She and Ron gathered people and friends wherever they went. Brownie had numerous artistic hobbies and varied interests— especially her front door wreaths.
Brownie was an integral part of Gass Industries Manufacturing, selling leisure items throughout the United States. Working alongside Ron and her father-in-law Phillip, she was the bookkeeping, distribution and marketing departments all in one.
As a member of Countryside Community Church for more than 50 years, Brownie participated in Women’s Circle, and she and Ron traveled extensively with Reverend Richard and Randy Linde.
A special thank you to Bev Marino, Brownie’s “fourth daughter,” who helped her care for Ron in his final years and for Brownie over the past two years.
Appropriately for Brownie, the Queen Bee, there will be a Celebration of Life on June 22, 2019 at Lauritzen Gardens beginning at noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft Street, Omaha, NE 68108, or the Omaha Zoo Foundation, 3701 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE, 68107. She was a big supporter of these Omaha gems.