Leslie Anne Brown

Leslie Anne BrownLeslie Anne Brown was born Jan. 19, 1956, in Santa Monica, and passed away March 29, 2018.

Her birth fulfilled the dream of her loving parents, Benjamin and Maria Brown to complete their family, and they adored her as much as she loved them. The family moved to China Lake in January 1964 when her father got a job on the base. Leslie thrived in her new hometown and began making friends quickly, friends who she held close her entire life.

Leslie graduated from Burroughs High School in 1974. She received her A.A. from Cerro Coso Community College in 1984 and her associate of science degree in electronic technology in 1985. In 1982 she married Alonza P. Brockwell, and they had two children, Benjamin and William. After her divorce, she met and married the love of her life, Jack Brown. Jack’s love for Leslie included his love and devotion to her sons and every member of her growing family and circle of crazy friends. It was one of the many things she admired about him and about this wonderful new life they made together.

Leslie followed her husband gleefully into retirement when she retired in 2011. Her final position on the base was as an electronic technician, a job she excelled in, and she blazed her own path in as a woman in a male-dominated field. Throughout her wonderful career, Leslie worked hard in every new position, and along the way she made many friends with whom she remained close long after her retirement.

Leslie and Jack hit the retirement road running; more than once they crisscrossed the country visiting family and friends along their way. If they weren’t traveling across the country, they were fishing and camping at Rock Creek or rescuing animals that became part of their quite large-in-numbers fur family. She’d follow Jack to remote locations, and as he was out hunting or scouting for deer, she’d be in the motor home cutting out fabric squares or sewing something for some lucky recipient of her talents and love.

She enjoyed cooking family dinners and imparting her proud Greek heritage flair into amazing creations. She became an avid quilter and joined the High Desert Quilt Guild. She was humbled and proud that she had served one year as the president of the guild, and she was in her second term when she passed away. She also served on the board of the Salvation Army in Ridgecrest for several years. Leslie, along Jack, joined Jeep clubs and spent many happy hours, days and nights scouring the deserts making many new and good friends and memories. She was always happy to go anywhere at the drop of hat and always up to new adventures.

Leslie will be remembered for so many things — her love for her family is first and foremost. Her sons were her pride and joy, and her grandchildren, one by one, stole her heart. She was a fantastic mother and amazing as a grandmother. Her determination to rise above and succeed, no matter the challenge was unmatchable even in difficult times. Diagnosed with colon cancer in November 2015, she had a new challenge given to her. And she met this challenge with the same determination that had served her well throughout her life.

Those who loved her felt the unfairness and helplessness of the diagnosis but watched in awe as she rose to fight this battle. Each brave step of the way that she took, she unknowingly imparted to them all her comfort and strength even though it was they who wanted to share theirs with her.

She made the difficult seem far easier than it was, the hard times better than they were. And she was winning her fight, growing stronger, finding her way back into every fabric store she could. She had taken up chair yoga and water aerobics and getting back into the swing of never standing still and snuggling her grandbabies every chance she got.

Her smile, laughter, prankster sense of humor and willingness to lend a helping hand to anyone, especially family and friends will be greatly missed. She was smart, witty and talented. She was everyone’s loudest cheerleader, best friend, favorite cousin or awesome aunt.

She will be missed beyond words by her family, friends and her community. She leaves behind countless beneficiaries of her endless love and zeal for life, as well as quilts made from her heart.

She is survived by her sons Benjamin (Michelle) Brockwell and William Brockwell (Kadie Dunnaway); and her grandchildren Benji, Tyler, William, Whitney, Joey and Hunter. She is also survived by many cousins, other family members, old friends and new friends far too many to list. But know that she was devoted to all those in her life.

She was preceded in death by the parents she loved. And in the end, Leslie left this world beside the man she adored, her husband Jack.

Services will be held Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Church followed by a short graveside service and return to the church for a celebration of life.

— Submitted by the loved ones of Leslie Brown

Story First Published: 2018-04-27