Jessica K. (Brown) Heath, 34

RAYMOND — Jessica Kirsten (Brown) Heath of Raymond, 34, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Jess was born to Floyd J. Brown Jr. and Julie (Andersen) Brown on June 12, 1984, after first forcing her mom to come home from the hospital the day before because Jess was just not ready to come out yet (thus missing her brother Jeremy’s kindergarten graduation). This is the way that Jess lived her life — on her own terms. She came into the world a bit later than expected and left this world far too quickly.

Jessica attended elementary through middle school in Scarborough, where her family lived. She graduated from Catherine McAuley High School in 2002 after years as a cheerleader and cheer coach, where she made sure to teach girls the values of self-respect and determination. Jess managed her father’s business, Floyd J. Brown Jr. Construction, as the essential chief of operations, taking no crap from any of the guys around her, who may for a second think that she was a wilting flower.

Jess did everything with an intense commitment, from fundraising for the Brain Aneurism to supporting the Brain Tumor Society and the multiple sports programs of her kids, first in Gorham and then in Raymond. She was a fierce champion for her kids.

Her most earnest passion was her family. Her boys (all three of them — Aiden, Blake and Eric) meant the world to her. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012 after self-advocating for an MRI, and she fought that FT for seven years. In 2016, she became an advocate for the National Brain Tumor Society sharing her testimony with our national legislature, to increase funding for brain cancer research.

She is survived by her husband, Eric Steven Heath of Gray; and their sons, Aiden Steven and Blake Joseph; her parents, Floyd and Julie Brown of Windham; and brother, Jeremy Brown of Gorham, who miss her deeply. Jess also lives on in the hearts of her large and loving extended family, as well as her vast army of devoted friends who were drawn to her spirit and spunk.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, followed immediately by a Memorial Service at the Bible Believing Baptist Church, 92 Center Road, Gray.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to: Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, the National Brain Tumor Society, or the Maine Brain Aneurysm Awareness.

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