Sunday, April 23, 2006

Obituary: Lindsey Brown, a wonderful person who will be missed by many. Our love and prayers go out to Chad and Hudson. I know that Lindsey lives on in you...both in spirit and in memory.

Lindsey Stephenson Brown: Excelled in business, was expecting 1st child
08:19 AM CDT on Friday, April 21, 2006
By JOE SIMNACHER / The Dallas Morning News
Lindsey Stephenson Brown of Dallas had just finished her shower on the morning of April 13 while preparing for work at Frito-Lay in Plano.
Nine months pregnant, she was ecstatic about the pending birth of her first child, due on Easter Sunday. But a rare congenital medical condition caused damage in her brain similar to an aneurysm.

Later that morning, Hudson Stephenson Brown was born by emergency Caesarean section at Baylor University Medical Center.
Ms. Brown, 33, died April 14 at Baylor.
Baby Hudson was lethargic and had a slow heart rate at birth, but is enjoying good health and shows no ill effects of his dramatic arrival, the family said.
Chad Brown of Dallas remembers his wife's ability to make an impact on people, even those she had met only briefly.
"That was one of the qualities I loved about her the most," he said. "She was so open to everybody."
Ms. Brown was born in Bombay, India, where her father was working for the relief agency CARE. She also lived in Turkey before returning to the U.S. with her parents in 1975. She grew up in the Boston area, where she played sports in high school.
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Ms. Brown had lived in six or seven Latin American countries, beginning during a break in her undergraduate years at Harvard. She was fluent in Spanish and had worked in Central and South America.
Ms. Brown had also worked in California before moving to Texas, where she earned her master of business administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003.
She became a Longhorn football fan and seemed to be at home in Texas, said her father, David Pyle of Washington, D.C.
"This is where she felt very comfortable; she had a super group of supportive friends," he said.
About the time she received her MBA, Ms. Brown married Chad Brown.
She went to work for Frito-Lay in Plano, where she excelled at marketing Cheetos, building up the brand's presence on the Internet, her father said.
"They went from 10,000 hits to a million hits by creative, innovative Web site design," he said.
More recently she was assigned to strategic planning for other Frito-Lay brands.
"She was pretty good at strategic planning, after her 12-spreadsheet wedding," her father said. "There must be a separate course down at the business school at UT on weddings."
Ms. Brown's father last talked to his daughter Wednesday evening.
"She was looking forward to it," he said of Hudson's birth. "She thought she was probably a day or two before her last day at work. She was coming home to walk with her husband to see what gravity could do for the situation."
"To know her was to love her," her father said. "She was very vivacious, energetic and loved the outdoors."
A memorial will be at 2 p.m. today at the Dallas Arboretum, where a reception will follow the service.
In addition to her husband, father and son, Ms. Brown is survived by a sister, Courtney Pyle of Germantown, N.Y.; her stepmother, Sarah Newhall of Washington, D.C.; a stepfather, Rod Nichols of New York, and a stepbrother, Chris Nichols of Charlottesville, Va.
Memorials may be made to the Lindsey Brown KIPP Bridge High School Scholarship Fund at the Knowledge Is Power Program Foundation, Attn: Donations, 345 Spear St., Suite 510, San Francisco, Calif. 94105.


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