early in life that she wanted to impact the world
in a positive way. She grew up in Yakima and
went to Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa,
Idaho. There she met the love of her life, Michael
“Gessner” Brown — her soul mate, who happened
to have been born with cystic fibrosis (CF). In
January 1999, Lisa committed her life to his, and
began their much too brief time together.
Lisa and Gessner began married life in
Winston-Salem, NC, where she worked as a paralegal with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.
Lisa’s interest in becoming a lawyer bloomed,
and she was accepted by the University of
North Carolina Law School in Chapel Hill. Lisa
graduated with honors. She and Gessner, with
their beloved beagle, Beauty, returned to Seattle.
She was admitted to the WSBA in November
2003 and started her career as a clerk for the
Honorable H. Joseph Coleman in Division I of
the Court of Appeals. Lisa continued her work
as an associate with Dionne & Rorick in Seattle,
then with Geiersbach & Kraft in Bonney Lake.
While many young lawyers were networking
and pursuing partnership dreams, she coordinated doctor appointments, worked from
hospital rooms, researched treatment options,
and advocated zealously for her husband’s right
to be treated as a whole person — not merely
symptoms. She treasured every moment with
Gessner and still, somehow, managed to write,
knit, pamper Beauty, train for triathlons, and to
be a kind and giving friend.
Lisa devoted hours to educating the world
about CF and providing support and encouragement to others living with the disease. Her
brutally honest blogs chronicled her life with
Gessner and their struggle to live every day
with love and joy, even as CF progressively and
violently invaded their life together. While caring
for her husband, nurturing her friends, and pursuing her career, she made time to travel around the
country offering hugs and encouragement to CF
patients and their families. Gessner lost his fight
with CF in 2010; Lisa was soon diagnosed with
an aggressive type of breast cancer in April 2011
and passed away only 16 months later.
After losing Gessner, Lisa struggled to stay
positive, focusing her energy on building a new
life in a new home where CF had never lived. She
continued to reach out to the world — making the
positive impact she had dreamed about as young
girl — blogging about her own struggles as a
young widow with cancer, offering love and support and encouragement to everyone fortunate
enough to hear her voice, read her words, and see
her smile. She fought the cancer with the same
passion and zeal with which she fought for her
husband and advocated for her clients.
Lisa was brilliant, creative, and fiercely loyal.
She had a positive impact on the world, and we
are all better friends, better lawyers, and better
people for having known her.
Lisa Worthington-Brown died at the age of
34 on Aug. 1, 2012. NWL
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