Betty Mae Brooks

November 27, 1919 – December 24, 2014

Born to Grover and Maggie Coles in Chicago, Illinois, on November 27, 1919.  Betty’s father Grover passed away when she was two years old and Betty was raised by her mother, Maggie.  She was the youngest of five children; siblings Kate, Dutch,brooks, betty Bose and Jane all preceded her in death.  She grew up in Chariton and Villisca, Iowa.  As a young woman she went to secretarial school and ventured on her own to Washington DC where she worked as a supervisor for the government.  She later transferred to San Francisco where she met her husband of 53 years, Charlie, at a USO dance.  Betty and Charlie moved to Denver where Betty worked for Gates Rubber during World War II.  Most of her married life she lived in LaGrange, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where she raised her five children.  When her youngest, Robin, was in Middle School, she re-entered the work force working for Conn Instruments and then later as a realtor.  She absolutely loved being a realtor and was very successful at it!  Betty and Charlie retired in Albuquerque and then moved to Edmond in 1996 to be close to their son, Fred.  When Charlie passed away in 1999, Betty grew ever so close to her son Fred, and her love of sports flourished!  She was an avid Broncos and Thunder fan!  She never missed a Thunder game either watching with Fred on the television or attending the games in person. She was a lifelong Bridge player and made many wonderful friends in Edmond whose company she enjoyed immensely.  Oh, how she loved bridge! She had a wonderful sense of style and loved to get dressed up and be a part of any activity that included family or friends.

Betty passed away at the age of 95 at home in Edmond, Oklahoma.  Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Charles Brooks.  She is survived by five children; Cindy of St. Louis, Missouri; Fred of Enid, Oklahoma; Susan of Denver, Colorado; Mitzi of Anchorage, Alaska; and Robin of Cape Canaveral, Florida; 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Betty will be 10am Monday December 29, 2014 at Matthews Funeral Home.

Comments

  1. Betty was a sweet, gentle woman. I am so thankful that I had a chance to meet her at Alesyn’s and Coleman’s wedding. Please accept my deepest condolences.
    Biddie Lowry

  2. I knew Betty and Charlie when they lived across the street from my Mother–June Bryant Kirby. They were both so full of energy and we shared fun times with them.
    When Betty moved to OK,, my Mom was crushed, but knew it was the best move for them. On trips to ARK my Mother would always stop to see Betty and Betty would welcome all with open arms. I was able to visit Betty with my Mom on some of the stops through Edmond.
    Betty lived life to the fullest and I loved to talk to her on the phone. Know that Betty and my Mom are up there in Heaven talking of all the fun times they had.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy in her passing. Jane Bryant Banes

  3. Betty was a very special and compassionate person. As a young man back in LaGrange, Illinois she guided me through some tough times. I have some of the fondest memories that she and her entire family made possible. I’m so sorry for the family’s loss, but I know that they are filled with the joy she gave them every day of her life. Chris Moore

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