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Mrs. Irene Rachel Brooks Obituary


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“I spent many a day at the Brooks home having grown up down the street from them. Jane & I attended middle & high school & we also worked together at...Read More ยป
1 of 4 | Posted by: Connie Hagan Boyer - Alexandria, VA

“Irene was a loving and wonderful person. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. with deepest sympathy love Donna and Bentley ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Donna Brooks - Harkers Island, NC

“SHe was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Ida Hagan - Fredericksburg, VA

“The sad news of Mrs. Brooks' passing brought back lots of terrific memories of our old neighborhood and of her children whom I remember very fondly. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Barbara (Hagan) Fox Holladay - VA


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Peacefully, on December 28, 2012, Irene Rachel (Jones) Brooks (89 years) passed into new life, with her daughter Jane by her side. Throughout her unexpected 10 day illness, her family was by her side, day and night. Irene was born in 1923 in West Grove, PA, and grew up in Sinking Valley, Altoona, PA. She graduated from Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, D.C. in June 1944. Irene married John A. Brooks in October 1945.
They moved to Alexandria, VA in 1950 and celebrated their 67th Anniversary this year. She is survived by her loving husband John; 4 children: John M. Brooks (Kathy), Jerry Brooks, Pat Tessier (Paul), Jane Saylor (Wayne);
9 grandchildren (Andrew, Rob, Janiel, Denise, Alexa, Gabe, Colleen, Luke, Megann); and 22 great grandchildren. Irene is also survived by her sisters Genevieve Salm and Vera Golightly (Bill), as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, square dancing buddies, and friends. She is predeceased by her sister Evelyn and brother Herman. In lieu of flowers, the family requests others to do an act of kindness to a stranger in honor of Irene and her history of kindness or to donate to St. Rita Catholic Church.
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