Gabriella ‘Gabby’ Lou Brown passed away peacefully in her mother’s arms, surrounded by family on October 5, 2019, after she had battled leukemia for almost one year. Gabby was born on September 20, 2017, in Rochester, Minn., to Matthew and Heidi (Harstad) Brown.
Gabby has touched many hearts in our area and filled the world with her smile. She always greeted anyone that walked in the door at Mayo with, “Hi-eeee!” Gabby loved watching movies, playing with play dough, painting, and playing with her sisters and cousins. She was the greeter of the fifth floor Cincinnati Children’s Hospital while she was there for treatment. Gabby taught us how to love life and be more giving to those in need.
“Promise me you’ll always remember; you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.” Winnie the Pooh
Gabby is survived by her parents, two sisters, Stella and Gracie, grandparents James and Polly Harstad, grandparents Greg and Lupe Brown, aunts and uncles Jay and Katie Harstad, Andy and Jill Harstad, Matt and Tricia Lindstrom, Mike and Saroi Brown and Dave Brown; cousins Carson, Camryn, Drew, Jimmer, A.J., Neyland, Javier and Julius.
Gabby’s funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at Serenity Hills Pavilion in Preston, Minn., with a celebration of life to follow at the same location. Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony, Minn., is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester or Cincinnati.