Food Culinary 08

Lisa Ann (Carlson) Brown

May 28, 1963 ~ July 20, 2020 (age 57)


Lisa Ann Carlson Brown age 57 passed away peacefully at her forever home in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina on July 20, 2020 after a two-year battle with cancer.  She was lovingly cared for and surrounded by her devoted family and friends.  Lisa was born in Salem, New Jersey on May 28, 1963 to Clayton Edward Carlson and Judith Ann Davis Carlson Sparks. 

Lisa grew up on the family farm in Pennsville where she enjoyed riding and caring for her horses.  She adored all animals.  A natural beauty and all-American down to earth farm girl.  She graduated from Pennsville High School in 1981 where she played first string violin and basketball.  Lisa worked at PSEG in Records Management retiring in 2018 with 36 years of service.

She was a tenacious force, a strong independent woman who emanated a calm confidence in a very caring way.  A loving daughter, wife and mother entirely devoted to her family and friends.  Lisa and Dan were married on August 12, 1999 by Catherine Pearl during an intimate beach wedding on the Island of Saint Lucia.  Lisa loved spending long weekends on their boat named “Lisa D’ Ann” with her husband Dan and her children Ryan and Morgan.  She enjoyed clamming in the back bays of Avalon and Sea Isle City, NJ and going to the beach every chance she got. Lisa could whip up a delicious meal like her mom and grandmom making her famous clam’s casino and spaghetti with white clam sauce, all while baking her delicious Boston cream Bundt cake. Her passion for cooking came naturally and was the way she shared her love with others. 

A sporty chick, Lisa had a love of cars instilled by her father when he gave her a Pinto which was her first car.  Lisa had a strong faith in God and was inspired by Joel Osteen.  Let’s not forget her precious love Lola, her English bulldog who was forever by her side.

Lisa is survived by her husband Dan R. Brown, mother Judith Ann Davis Carlson Sparks, children Ryan (Nicole) and Morgan (Rob) and their father Jeffrey Sparks (Lisa).  Lisa also leaves her sister Holly Carlson Ecret (George) and their children Brad Ecret (Ron) and Erin Ecret Parris (Sam), brother Edward “Eddie” Carlson and his children Edward Jr., Britney and Katelyn, half-brothers, Larry, Dale and Denny Carlson and their families. She also leaves mother and father in-law Russell and Arthetta Brown, Brother in-law Jay Sada (Annie) niece Janne Sada Gonzales Tomecheck (Jason) and great niece Lilly Gonzales, nephew Todd Sada (Laura) great nephews Colin and Ellie.

Lisa is predeceased by her father Clayton E. Carlson, stepfather Ed Sparks, sister in-law Dianne Brown Sada, her maternal grandparents Beatrice (Reeves) and Lewis Davis Jr and her paternal grandparents Frances (Anderson) and Herman Edward Carlson.

A celebration of Lisa’s life will be held in Pennsville, NJ at a later date.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Lisa’s Honor to; Pennsville Animal Shelter, 94 Industrial Park Rd, Pennsville, NJ 08070, or Crescent Hospice, 3959 US-17 Bypass Suite D, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576 ( ).

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Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843.651.1440) is in charge of the arrangements.

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