Melissa C Brown (1971 - 2017)

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A celebration of life ceremony will be held for Melissa C. Brown on Saturday, July 28 at 5 p.m. at Sean Wedemeyer's home, 1007 Second Street, Kenai, Alaska. Her ashes will be spread in Kenai, Alaska and Woodville, Alabama.

Melissa was born November 13, 1971 and passed away October 25, 2017 at the young age of 45. She was diagnosed with cancer on November 21, 2016 and fought hard until her passing. Melissa was extremely positive, best attitude, a determined warrior fighting this battle. She wanted to win badly, never once giving up. She was at her home in Kenai surrounded by friends/family at the time of her passing.

Melissa attended Pisgah High School until 1983, when her family relocated to Woodville, Alabama. She graduated as salutatorian from Woodville High School in 1990. After graduation, Melissa moved to Oklahoma for several years before moving back to Alabama for a brief time. She then set off on an adventure of a lifetime to Alaska.

Loving an adventure, she set out on her own in the spring of 1998 to explore Alaska. She had passion for nature/wildlife, loving all the beautiful things that Alaska offered. She traveled across the large state, living in many places over the next 20 years. These included Fairbanks, Denali National Park, North Pole, Bettles, and finally Kenai. She managed Hi-Lo Charters & Riverside Lodge for much of her 14 years in Kenai. Melissa truly loved making people happy, always excited to help visitors plan trips, helping find the best guides/fishing spots, advising them of all the beautiful things to see/visit while in Alaska. She took much pride in and loved the lodge. Alaska truly was home.

During these years, Melissa developed strong, long-lasting friendships, always sharing with family back "home" in Alabama; she had truly never met people like those in Alaska. This was proven to be true, as many of her friends/family in Alaska were at her side during her last year. Many other dear friends traveled long distances to be with her during this time.

Melissa is survived by her mother, Theda Brown (Johnny Cobb) of Woodville, AL; brother Shane (Jeri) Brown and nieces Tessa Brown of Section, AL and Victoria Bremer of Woodville, AL; her sister Wendy Wood (John Anderson) of Albany, GA; kids Rachel Lowe, Bryson Lowe, grandkids Hannah Autry, McKenzie Spence and Peyton Lowe of Kenai, AK; and many, many wonderful friends. She leaves behind several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her step father, Boyd Brown, several sets of grandparents and a close first cousin, Chuck Long.

Melissa is deeply missed by all her family and friends. She was so unselfish, always giving to others. We all want to honor/remember Melissa by paying it forward to those in need fighting their battles with cancer. If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to Let Every Woman Know, 3851 Piper Street, Suite U264, Anchorage, Alaska 99508.
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Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Kenai, AK 99611
(907) 283-3333
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on July 18, 2018