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Kansas woman dies in Romania

Published on -6/15/2012, 4:04 PM

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SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) -- A 20-year-old Shawnee woman has died of a seizure while doing mission work in Romania, her family said.

Alexis Brownlee had been in Medias, Romania, for nearly a month when she died last weekend of a seizure, said her father, lawyer Timothy Brownlee of Shawnee. Alexis Brownlee had been teaching English and evangelizing in Romania as part of her studies at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla.

Alexis Brownlee was expected to graduate soon with a major in mission work and a minor in Spanish, The Kansas City Star reported (http://bit.ly/LZFGWt ).

"It's just tragic, but she was doing what she was always supposed to do," Timothy Brownlee said. "She was doing exactly what she felt called to do in a way that very few people are brave or committed enough to do."

Timothy Brownlee said his daughter had suffered seizures before but that she had recently been doing well.

Alexis Brownlee graduated in 2009 from Maranatha Academy and finished her years there with the school's most prestigious honor, the Christian Character Award. From there she went to Oral Roberts University, where she was about to graduate with a major in mission work, which involved the mission trip to Romania.

Oral Roberts spokesman Jeremy Burton expressed sympathy to the family, saying Alexis "was well loved on campus" and that "the Oral Roberts University family is saddened by her loss but we have peace knowing that she is in heaven."

The work in Romania had been something of a dream come true for his daughter, Timothy Brownlee said.

"She wanted to be a missionary," he said, "and that was the call of her life."

Services have been scheduled for Sunday in Shawnee.

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