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Laurie Brown

Laurie Wheeler Brown

Friday, July 21st, 1944 - Thursday, May 9th, 2019
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Laurie Wheeler Brown died Thursday, May 9, 2019, predeceasing her husband of 53 years, Fayette Brown III. She also leaves behind a daughter, Melissa DeRussy (Husted) of New Orleans, Louisiana, and a son Alexander (Vanessa) of Leicester North Carolina, five grandchildren, and two sisters Sue Mason and Sara Forster.

Laurie grew up in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Hood College. After marrying in 1966 and several moves she ended up here in Melbourne where she became very involved with what is now the Foosner Art Museum. She managed the Museum Store, ran the museum’s national and international travel program, and served as the President of the Board of Trustee’s during their “unprecedented” Vision for the Arts fund raising campaign in 1984. Following her retirement from the museum in 2003, Laurie and her husband split their time between Florida and their house in the mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina.

Laurie was a talented and avid quilter, a member of the Seaside Piecemakers and the Asheville Quilt Guild, making quilts for family, friends, and charity. She was on the “Come to Leicester Art Tour” for 11 years, opening her quilting and crafts studio to the public.

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leonor Zies

Posted at 09:47am
Recently moved to Indialantic in 1979, my husband and I attended the first Masked Ball of the Silver Moon to benefit the then Brevard Art Museum. One of the first people who came over to introduce herself was Laurie, the maker of the mask I was wearing. I still have the mask and I will treasure it as a reminder of the very special woman who made it. Laurie gave her all to the Museum and made the annual Christmas Shop an event to welcome the Holidays for the community to enjoy. We went to the Everglades with Laurie to visit Clyde Butcher's studio. To me, Laurie's strength in facing her illness and her determination to live her life to the very end will stay with me when it comes my time. Our love to Brownie, Melissa and Alex. Pete and Leonor Zies
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