January 17, 1938 - November 16, 2021
Florence Ellen Brooks, age 83, of Glade Valley, NC passed away peacefully in the company of her family on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. She was born January 17, 1938, in Alleghany County to the late Frank C and Della Scott Brooks, preceded in death by one son, Tony, two brothers, Roy and Clifford; and three sisters, Mabel, Roxie and Ruth. She is survived by two sons, Robin (Kelly) and Joe (Khristina); daughter Shawnee (Billy); brother, Bobby; three sisters, Elsie, Ruby, and Louise; grandchildren, Lucas, who provided much love and care for her, Alley, Nicky, Jonathan, David, Della; great-grandchildren, Hazel, Lenke, Talmage, Demitri, Jase, Nathan, Cora, Ella; and many nieces and nephews. Ellen was an independent woman who loved her family fiercely and helped them in any way she could. She had friends from all walks of life and treated them with affection and dignity. Forced by circumstance to leave school early, she nonetheless was a wordsmith, eloquent in speech and on paper. She wrote songs which are played professionally by her grandson Lucas. In the 1980s and briefly in the 2010s, she penned a regular column “Rambling Thoughts” for the Alleghany News. She wrote about her everyday life from which she drew wisdom and life lessons. She revealed herself as a person who embraced life unashamedly and lived on her own terms. A collection of those columns was published in her book An Apple A Day. She also published articles in Carolina Country and Our State magazines. She started and ran the Hillsville and Galax Tastee Freez stores. She did small things with a big heart, never left home without her lipstick, and proudly walked out of a factory seamstress job at the end of each day as if she had been visiting the Governor’s Mansion. She was a family icon, with as many stories told about her as were told by her. She was once described as “a room full of women.” She was much loved and leaves a gap with no one like her to fill it. The family requests your presence to honor and celebrate the life of Ellen Brooks at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 11, 2021, in Grandview Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will follow the service. Burial will then be in Mountain View Cemetery. Flowers are appreciated, or memorials to the autism group home in Albemarle (https://www.ghaautismsupports.org/ways-to-give). For 30 years Ellen drove 12 hours each month to give her autistic grandson weekends in the mountains at her home. The family would like to thank Dan Babuka, dear friend of Ellen who helped her in many ways over the years; Robert Perez, dear friend who was very good to her; Barbara Church, devoted caregiver while Ellen was at home; and Genesis Healthcare, who provided excellent care after Ellen was unable to stay at home. Online condolences may be submitted to the family at www.grandviewfuneralhome.com.
Florence Ellen Brooks, age 83, of Glade Valley, NC passed away peacefully in the company of her family on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. She was born January 17, 1938, in Alleghany County to the late Frank C and Della Scott Brooks, preceded in... View Obituary & Service Information
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