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Edith Brooks, formerly of Petrolia


Edith Lotte Hantke Brooks, 85, formerly of Petrolia, passed away Jan. 30, 2015.

Edith Brooks

Edith Brooks

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Petrolia United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Henrietta.

Mrs. Brooks was born Feb. 25, 1929 in Scheckwitz, Germany, to Ida Kaschal and Carl Drescher. She married her perfect match, William (Bill) Brooks on Sept. 26, 1958, in Wiesbaden, Germany, and moved with her Air Force husband to the United States in 1959. They were stationed in Oklahoma and Texas, with Bill retiring from Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls. She found her dream home in Petrolia and she and Bill raised their three daughters there, enjoying their small farm with a multitude of animals and a huge garden. She so enjoyed the wonderful people who became her friends and with whom she could be herself and share many laughs. She found a second family at the Petrolia United Methodist Church, with the members there bringing her comfort, companionship and joy. She remained in Petrolia until May 2014, when she went to live with her daughter Billie in Wichita Falls.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill; one daughter, Andrea Brooks; one brother, Manfred Hantke.

Survivors include two daughters, Billie Jo Brooks, and Catherine Brooks-Aldrete and husband David; two sisters-in-law, Ilse Hantke and Dottie Stone; and three granddaughters.

visitation will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials can be made to the Petrolia Methodist Church, P.O. Box 67, Petrolia, Texas 76377; the Clay County Animal Shelter, 503 N. Carroll, Henrietta, Texas 76365; or Katy’s Dog Place, P.O. Box 493, Petrolia, Texas 76377.


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