Lisa Marie Llera


Lisa Marie Llera, who after living more lives than a cat, died in her home July 31, 2017. It is said she had a slight smile.

Lisa transplanted herself here with a dog and a backpack from Indianapolis. In her lives there, she worked as a handyman, painter, carpenter, and was most proud of her career as a chef. Well rounded and intelligent, there wasn’t much she couldn’t do or hadn’t tried.

After moving to Burkesville, Lisa served for several years as the county’s mental health advocate, was heavily involved with the local food pantry during its early years, and helped clean up our county as a “professional recycler.”

Lisa loved people and loved to be of service. Never did I know her to turn a blind eye, deaf ear, or indifferent heart to anyone in need or hurting. She was a being of great empathy and compassion, known to give the shirt off her back, or even the food off her table. She also loved kids, and had a big hand in raising and mentoring many. She loved the outdoors, fishing and rock hounding, needing always just one more rock. She loved music of all types and the sound of falling snow most of all.

Ever curious and full of wonder, seeking answers and explanations, Lisa always took her time to smell the roses, and questioned everything. Not a member of any one church, Lisa liked to keep her options open and bounced around to hear all the preachers she enjoyed. Seeing the Dali Lama was just one highlight of her life. Love was both her talk and her walk.

She is survived by two sisters, April Brown of Indianapolis, Indiana, Mittie House of Gainesville, Florida, two nephews, John House and Garrett Brown-Smith, two nieces, Tawny Eckstein and Erika Fox, her partner, Donna Purtlebaugh of Burkesville, longtime companion and friend, Ursula Butler of Burkesville, one son, Jason Segal of Tallahassee, Florida, one granddaughter, Destiny Segal, daughter-like, Holly Jo Harris of Burkesville, a small pack of dogs, and a forest full of beloved friends, none ready for her to leave.

She is preceded in death by mother, Hollis Barnett Brown, father, Denny J. Brown, stepmother, Barbara Crafton Brown, and nephew Zachary House.

A memorial and celebration for Lisa is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 9th. Contact Donna for exact time and location.

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