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Laura Ann Brown
November 25, 2023
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Laura Ann (Bissitt) Brown, formerly of Jamestown, Rhode Island, passed peacefully on November 25, 2023 in Maryland from complications of metastatic cancer and heart failure. She was 76.
Born in Mississippi, Laura moved as a child with her family to Maryland and then to North Providence, Rhode Island. She lived for many years in Jamestown and moved to Buffalo, New York and then Baltimore, Maryland to be closer to her daughter as her health challenges mounted.
Laura worked as a bookkeeper, florist, cook, in pet and child care, and more. She was the daughter of Charles and Alice (Sousa) Bissitt and was predeceased by her brother Charles Bissitt and sister Mary Bissitt. She is survived by her daughter Sara Brown and son-in-law Josh Stone of Baltimore, niece Deborah Mousseau with husband Michael and family, and nephews Charles Bissitt, James Bissitt, and Robert Bissitt and their families.
Laura was generous, warm, and full of life, and in the face of multiple serious health conditions was tenacious and determined to live well. She described herself as a survivor, living over 12 years with metastatic cancer and having re-learned how to write, read and speak after a major stroke at age 65. She was also a talented artist, crafter, seamstress, cook and gardener, a doting cat parent, and a loving friend, aunt, and mom. She filled her later years with the things that mattered to her most: friends and loved ones, her cats (and all other pets she met), gardening and fresh flowers, crafting and making art, and good food.
She will be remembered for her strength, good nature and determination in the face of major illnesses, her creativity, and her warm heart. Details for a service in spring/summer 2024 will be shared when finalized. In lieu of flowers, her memory is honored by trying a new craft, cuddling your pets, or tending to plants and gardens. Or, donations in her memory are appreciated to the National Aphasia Association (https://aphasia.org/) or to the Conanicut Island Land Trust (https://conanicutlandtrust.org/).