As RadarOnline.com first reported, Alaskan Bush People matriarch Ami Brown's estranged mother Earlene Branson died last week at her home in Texas at age 85 — without ever having the chance to reconcile with her famous daughter. Now, as the Branson family prepares for Earlene's funeral on Friday, November 16, Ami's long-lost brother Les Branson shared their late mother's dying wish in an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com.
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"Our mother died from pneumonia complications, and she was surrounded by love and family when she passed last week," Les told Radar. "Before she died, she said, 'Tell Ami that I forgive her.' All she wanted was to see Ami one more time. Sadly, she never got that."
As fans know, the wife of Billy Brown, 64, was diagnosed with late stage cancer two years ago. "When my mother found out that Ami had cancer and was dying she tried calling hospitals to find her. She never gave up hope of trying to have that last conversation with Ami," Les said.
In this photo, Earlene is photographed with nephew Chuck Gilbert. "Chuck was the one who funded a trip to Alaska to try and see Ami when she was living there," Les revealed. "He knew that is all she really wanted."
Although Billy was not keen on his wife seeing her family, Earlene never stopped talking about her daughter — even in her obituary, which proudly reads, Earlene's daughter Ami Brown is the star of the hit television show, Alaskan Bush People, which airs on Discovery.
"Our mother continued to watch Ami on TV because that is all she had," Les told Radar. "But toward the end of her life she couldn't watch anymore because she realized that she would die without getting to hug her once more."
Despite the longtime estrangement, Les still hopes Ami will attend her mother's funeral, which is being held this Friday in Texas. "We would love to have Ami there, and so would her mother. There will be a lot of people at the services that still love Ami very much and always will. I am one of them," Les insisted to Radar.
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