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Elizabeth (Liz) Merrill Brown

Fillmore, Utah - Elizabeth (Liz) Merrill Brown, 56, passed away April 24, 2022, at home, surrounded by her family. Liz was a warrior who never gave up during a long, hard battle with breast cancer.

Liz was born March 16, 1966, in Logan, Utah, to John and Ruth (Bingham) Merrill. She grew up in Orem, Utah, where she developed a lifelong love for dance. She met her sweetheart, Wayne Orval Brown, at Mountain View High School, and they were married shortly after his mission on November 22, 1986, in the Salt Lake City Temple.

Liz and Wayne both attended Utah Valley Community College and Brigham Young University (Liz studied dance and family studies) before moving to Vermont so Wayne could finish his education. They returned to Utah and Liz finished her degree at BYU, after which they moved to Fillmore. Liz made lifelong friends everywhere she went and loved keeping in touch with people from all over.

Liz was passionate about helping families and children. She taught preschool, worked for Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, was involved with the Safe Kids Coallition and starting the RAD Kids program in Fillmore, and worked as a Family Resource Facilitator for Central Utah Mental Health. She also volunteered at her daughters’ schools and was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Liz expressed her testimony of the Savior in so many quiet but unmistakable ways. She knew in whom she had trusted. 

Liz shared her talents throughout her life. She was a beautiful dancer, and she continued sharing that beauty through choreography, helping her daughters in dance classes, and family dance parties. She loved quilting and other handiwork, but even more, she loved giving her projects to the people she loved. She also enjoyed teaching quilting skills to others.

Liz found her greatest joy in being with the people she loved. Her greatest treasures were her husband and three daughters, and her happy place was wherever everyone was together. She enjoyed inviting people into her home for long conversations and loved spending time with her parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, and friends. She had a way of making everyone feel like family. One of her greatest talents was cultivating unique and individual relationships with each person. To know Liz was to be loved by her.

She is survived by her husband Wayne; her daughters Tania Marie, Melissa Anne, and Mckenzie Nicole; and siblings Pamela (Dennis) Peterson, Linda (Ted) Hansen, Joseph (Bonnie) Merrill, Susan (Wesley) Wood, Douglas (Judy) Merrill, Marie (Joseph) Winger, and Ann (Darrell) Jackson. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Ruth Merrill.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 29, 2022, at 12:00 PM at the Fillmore 1st and 4th Ward building (290 E 500 S, Fillmore, Utah). Friends may call on Thursday, April 28, from 6:00-8:00 PM or Friday, April 29, from 10:30-11:30 AM at the 1st and 4th Ward building. Interment will be in the Fillmore City Cemetery under the care of the Olpin Stevens Funeral Home. 

The Brown family extends heartfelt thanks to all of Liz’s doctors and nurses, the hospice care team, and so many friends and family members who have helped during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers and in honor of Liz, the family would like to invite you to do something nice for someone. They would love to hear about your experience.


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Liz was such a good friend to everyone!! I am so blessed to have had her in my life. I loved working with her and pretty much just loved her! My heart aches for the loss each of you are going through. Love to each of you.

Cindy Turner Apr 29 2022 2:01 PM

Liz was a light to everyone around her! Always so busy and smiling the entire time! She was gifted and talented, and our daughter, Ember, got to work with her when she attended some leadership retreats. I remember thinking that Liz always had the most fun and creative activities planned and prepared. I can't really begin to imagine how life changing this will be for all of you, but I send my biggest hugs, prayers, and all of my love for the coming days, weeks, and years ahead. Try not to suppress the memories! Embrace them, even if it means shedding a few tears. We sure think the world of this family!! Praying for you all! Love the Moats

Cody and Leona Moat & family Apr 29 2022 11:36 AM

Dear Wayne and family, We are so saddened at the loss of your dear wife and mother. We pray the Lord sends His greatest blessings of comfort to help you through this challenging time. Remember with fondness the kind memories and great love you have been blessed with and trust in the blessings and promises that are yours as a family.
Warmest love and wishes of sympathy,
John Thomas and family

John Thomas Apr 29 2022 9:20 AM

I am so sorry for your family's huge loss Wayne Brown. This breaks my heart. I know she fought for a very long time and is at peace now. But I also know how much it hurts to lose someone you love. I remember when you sent me to Utah Valley 13.5 years ago in labor early. You came to visit me while Liz was in treatment. You sat there while I cried about missing my other boys and just wanted to go home. That meant so much to me. If I can help out in any way please let me know. Prayers for you and your daughters. ❤

Michelle Rodriguez Apr 26 2022 5:18 PM

Liz, I will miss that beautiful smile, mischievous laugh and those twinkling eyes. You are a beautiful part of the fabric of my life. To your family please know our prayers are for your comfort and blessings. We love your family so much.

Elder and Sister Anderson (Pete and Colleen) Apr 26 2022 10:24 AM

Very sorry for the loss

Joel Cerv Apr 26 2022 5:00 AM

She'll be dearly missed, I'm sorry for your loss, please let us know if we can help in any way.

Cody Butts Apr 25 2022 10:28 PM

Please accept our prayers, love and condolences for this beautiful lady, Liz. When we lived in Orem, she and our daughter Mindi Memmott/aka Tru Eastman, went to school together. I remember Mindi talking about Liz Merrill and what a nice girl she was, and how much she liked her. Unbeknownst to me, I had a conversation with Liz a few years ago, and she talked about being friends with our daughter, and that she was the wife of our Doctor, Wayne Brown. Such a small,come around again world. I loved our visit, and I love this amazing woman named Liz.
My heart is very heavy,and sad at this time. I pray for her husband and children that they will find,comfort, in knowing she is now out of pain.
She will be missed everyday. She was a joy in everyone's world.
Prayers and love are with you Dr Brown, and your beautiful children.

Diane Memmott Apr 25 2022 9:34 PM

I did not know her very well but I'll always remember her smile. She was always wearing the smile

Debra Brunsin Apr 25 2022 7:42 PM

Godless sister you will be missed

Leslie Staley Apr 25 2022 6:49 PM

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