Mary Paniogue Brownley

March 2, 1935 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Mary Brownley Obituary

Mary Raphaella Paniogue Brownley passed away peacefully on January 12, 2024.

She was born in 1935 to Sam and Dolores Paniogue and grew up with her older sister, Angela, and younger brother, Colman, in Bannock Creek. Living in the country taught her many values as well as some hardships.

Mary started school at the age of five when the principal of the American Falls grade school, Jess Meadows, agreed that she could attend if she could keep up with the other first graders. Her older sister, Angela, also attended, and helped look after her on the long bus rides and throughout their grade school years.

Music became a significant part of Mary's life at a very young age when her father began teaching her and her sister, Angela, the names of notes on music manuscript along with lessons from the piano primers. This led to private piano lessons from the Sisters of the Holy Cross at St. Joseph's in Pocatello, and later to more advanced private training.

She proved to be a very talented musician and was even recruited to play saxophone in the high school band while she was still in junior high. After a while, she decided she wanted to be a flutist and began learning to play the flute and piccolo, which subsequently led to her receiving many "Superior" ratings at Regional and State Music Festivals for her flute solos and ensembles. During her high school years, she also played the organ for special services at St. Mary's Catholic Church in American Falls. After graduating from American Falls High School she attended Idaho State College (University) in Pocatello.

In 1953, Mary became an employee of Garrett Freightlines, where she met J. R. Slavic, whom she later married. They moved to Texas for his work with Dow Chemical, and to this marriage, their daughter, Jodie, was born. The couple later divorced and Mary returned to Pocatello with Jodie, where she resumed work with Garrett Freightlines for another 27 years.

Mary became the wife of Carl W. Brownley in 1964 and they made their home on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation north of Pocatello. Mary legally adopted Carl's son, Gary, when Carl adopted Jodie, and the family was complete. Mary was a wonderful homemaker, and cooked amazing meals on a regular basis, but especially during the holidays and for family gatherings. She and Carl often provided a warm, safe haven for nieces, nephews, and other family members who were experiencing difficult times.

Mary continued participating in music throughout her life. She was a flutist in the Idaho State Civic Symphony for 12 years and a member of the Pocatello Municipal Band for 18 years. It was also important to Mary that her children learn music, and through lessons provided, along with her support and encouragement, Gary and Jodie both became accomplished musicians.

In 1977, Mary began studying organ, and later returned to Idaho State University, where she completed a bachelor's degree in organ performance. While at ISU she was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She was certified nationally by the American Guild of Organists, New York, N.Y., and was a member of the Pocatello Music Club. For many years, she taught piano and organ lessons privately in her home. Always generously sharing her talent over a span of 50 years, she played organ and piano at countless weddings and funerals, often accompanying the finest musicians in this area, and providing her gift of music to so many people during the most sacred times of their lives.

Mary was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Community, where she served as an organist for over 45 years. She served on the liturgy committee, and was an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary. She was a long-time member of the Holy Spirit Council of Catholic Women, holding the position of secretary for two terms, and was honored as their Zonta Woman of Achievement in 2008.

Besides her love for music, Mary enjoyed reading, painting porcelain and ceramic figurines, doing needlework, and traveling. She enjoyed attending concerts, especially the Idaho State Civic Symphony, and listening to opera. Her absolute favorite artist was Andrea Bocelli.

Mary and Carl were members of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and valued their heritage and membership. When their daughter, Jodie, died in 1981 from Hodgkin's Disease, a tremendous void was left in their lives, and their sorrow was doubled when their son, Gary, passed away from a brain tumor in 1992. In 2011, after 47 years of marriage, Mary lost her beloved husband, Carl. Also preceding her in death are her parents Sam and Dolores Paniogue, brother-in-law John Butterfield, nephew Gregory Butterfield, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mary is survived by her daughter-in-law Scotti Brownley, granddaughter Erin Brownley, grandson Jonathan Brownley (Kei), great grandsons Isaiah and Kaisei, and great granddaughter Hinata. She is also survived by her sister Angela Butterfield, brother Colman Paniogue (Jan), numerous nieces and nephews, son-in-law Jack Price and his family, and best friend, team music colleague and neighbor Cristina Serpa (John).

Mary's family would like to thank Symbii Hospice, The Gables, Michelle and Geneva for their loving care and friendship during the last few months of her life.

Mary will be greatly missed by so many who love her, but we know she has been joyfully reunited with her husband and children, and will be providing the angel choirs with the best keyboard accompaniment ever!

The Funeral Mass will be held Friday January 19th at 10AM in the St. Anthony Chapel - Holy Spirit Catholic Community on 7th Street. Rosary will be held 30 min prior to services. Interment will follow services at the Mountain View Cemetery (43W).

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

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January 19, 2024

9:30 AM
St. Anthony Chapel- Holy Spirit Catholic Community
504 S. 7th Ave.
Pocatello, ID 83201

Funeral Mass
January 19, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Anthony Chapel- Holy Spirit Catholic Community
504 S. 7th Ave.
Pocatello, ID 83201

January 19, 2024

11:15 AM
Mountain View Cemetery
1520 S. 5th Ave.
Pocatello, ID 83201


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