Alaskan Bush People star Ami Brown reportedly didn’t show up to the memorial service held for her estranged mother this weekend in Texas. And now, the reality star’s brother, Les Branson, revealed how disappointed he was that Ami didn’t show up to pay her final respects on Nov. 16.
“The service for my mother Earlene was very low-key but beautiful,” Les told Radar. “The Brown’s did not show up. There was no card nor any sympathy shown whatsoever.” Les claims he hasn’t seen his sister in decades, so he didn’t let his hopes about Ami, 54, attending the funeral get too high. Les previously said that he thinks her husband Billy Brown, 65, is to blame for their estranged relationship. Earlene and Les reportedly made several efforts to reconnect with the reality star over the years, after she left home to start a life with Billy in Alaska.
“All [our mom] wanted was to see Ami one more time. She never got that,” Les exclusively told In Touch. Earlene died of complications due to pneumonia at the age of 85 on Nov. 9 and Les said that she was at home surrounded by love when she passed away. Though they weren’t currently speaking, the news has reportedly devastated Ami. “[But] my mother never blamed Ami for not contacting her… Before she died, she said, ‘Tell Ami that I forgive her.'” Les added, “She blamed Billy. He prevented his wife from having a relationship with her mother and this broke her heart.”
“She never gave up hope of trying to have that last conversation with Ami. This broke her heart that she couldn’t get that one conversation,” Les exclusive told In Touch. “Towards the end of my mother’s life, she had Alzheimer’s as well as pneumonia. We had to remind her that Ami was still alive. She would watch her on TV and she never stopped watching her show.”
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