In Loving Memory of Susan C Brooks

Susan Carrie Brooks
Date Of Birth: 09/22/1947
Date of Death: 12/21/2022

Susan was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa and then moved to Salem, Oregon at a young age with her family. Susan graduated from South Salem High School and then went on to attend Oregon College of Education where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Susan taught the Fifth Grade at Rose Parks Elementary School. She was also a sewing instructor at a Viking Sewing Machine Center in Portland, Oregon. Susan and Micheal met through a friend, of a friend, of a friend, of a friend in May of 1974. As their love blossomed, they were eager to start their lives together and were married on March 22,1975. When Susan retired from teaching in June of 1976, she and her husband moved to Aloha, Oregon to start a family and they have lived there ever since. Susan embraced the title of Stay at Home Mom for many years while still teaching random sewing lessons here and there. In 1992 Susan started working part time at June’s Knit Shop selling yarn, knitting machines and knitting supplies as well as teaching individuals how to knit on knitting machines. She would also teach classes in group settings, showing her students new techniques on how to create new knit patterns to increase the versatility of the knitting machine. When June retired and closed the doors of the knit shop, Susan went back to the school environment where she was a cook at Hazeldale Elementary School until she retired in December of 2013.
During Susan’s early life, she was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. As a child, Susan’s mother blessed her with time spent learning all about preserving and canning food as well as sewing, knitting, and crocheting from her own Mother. Though she was offered the chance to go fishing and bird hunting with her Dad she couldn’t find the same love for it that she had the activities she learned from her mother. When her family in Aloha had grown to a family of five, they became foundation members of Light of Life Lutheran Church. When Light of Life Lutheran closed their doors she found a new church family with King of Kings Lutheran Church in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Susan had a passion for serving others and spending time with her family, from being actively involved in her children’s grade school’s PTA to growing with them as a Team Mom during baseball seasons and as a heartfelt leader in 4-H for the Bronco Busters Horse Club, her love for it all has shown through the years. During this time, in 1991, Susan was diagnosed with throat cancer. She battled this with surgery and extensive radiation and was proudly declared to be in full remission in December of 1991. Susan found a love for trail riding on horseback and stepped down from her leader position of Bronco Busters 4-H Horse Club and then became a leader in the 4-H Wagon train group of Washington County. While participating with the 4-H Wagon Train group she rode her horse with other outriders conditioning their horses preparing for their annual weeklong Wagon Train Event and then later became their Camp Chef organizing, buying, stocking and then preparing food during the weeklong event for all participants. Susan served in 4-H in so many ways and her love for it was contagious and so it made perfect sense that her family served right alongside her through the years.
In Susan’s spare time you always saw her crocheting, knitting by hand or machine, cross stitching, hand embroidery or sewing and embroidering on her beloved Husquvarna Sewing Machines. She loved quilting with the sewing group at King of Kings Lutheran Church once a week and also made several quilts on her own. She enjoyed creating new banners to display at different church seasons for her church. She also enjoyed visiting fabric stores and quilt shops, always looking for the next project to start and rarely leaving empty handed. Her serving spirit further extended to the community by delivering food for the “Fork It Over” program, spending time visiting friends that didn’t get out much or had been injured and laid up, often bringing with her pictures of her latest projects to show them over a plate of goodies she had baked to share. At the end of the day, after all serving was complete, you would again find her in the sewing room working on one or two of her many projects.
Susan enjoyed hearing from her kids to learn of their successes and frustrations. Always offering her best advice on multiple occasions. She took great pride in cheering her grandkids on with whatever activity they were involved in from 4-H Horses and Pigs, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Cheer, Robotics, to Cross Country and Track. She rejoiced when she got the news and became a Great Grandmother and recently rejoiced some more when finding out another Great Grandchild was due to be born in the coming months. Yes of course this gave her yet another reason to sew some more. She truly loved her entire family and always wished for more time to spend with them all together.
Susan is survived by her husband, Micheal Brooks. Her legacy lives on in her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. Two sons, a daughter and son-in law: Robert and Jonathan Brooks and Suzanne and Nicholas Maris. Nine grandchildren: Taylor, Payton, Bella, Laci, Cole, Emily, Kodi, Bethani and her husband Jordan. One great grandchild: Killian. And her brother: Larry Wiseman. She was preceded in death by her parents: Marvin and Gorgean Wiseman, and her daughter in Law: Marie Gonzalez.
Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 11:00 AM at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 5501 Southeast Thiessen Rd., Milwaukie OR 97267. A potluck reception is to follow service from 12:30 -2:00 PM. If planning to stay for the potluck, please contact Suzanne Maris or visit:
https://app.planhero.com/lite_gatherings/2188-susan-brooks-memorial-potluck
and RSVP so the family can plan accordingly for the number attending.
Burial of Ashes will be Friday, February 17, 2023, at 3:00 PM at the Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Boulevard, Portland OR 97086
Flowers are appreciated and can be delivered to King of Kings Lutheran Church, 5501 Southeast Thiessen Rd, Milwaukie OR 97267
Donations can be made to King of Kings Lutheran Church, 5501 Southeast Thiessen Rd, Milwaukie OR 97267

3 Responses to “In Loving Memory of Susan C Brooks”

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  1. Jeanine Stewart says:

    My heartfelt condolences to the Brooks family. I appreciate all Mike and Susan did for my dad over the years. May the family find comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  2. Barbara Jean Dickson says:

    Susan was a very special person in my life. We were on-line friends for over 10 years. She was my go to person when I couldn’t figure out a sewing problem. We had always planned on meeting in person and go roaming all the fabric haunts she knew. It was on our bucket list….sadly it will never happen. My sincere condolences to Susans family…she will be so missed.

  3. Kristi Fight says:

    We appreciated all that Susan, Mike, Suzanne, Robert and Jonathan have been to and with us in our lives. Susan was unique in that all that she was able to do for anyone, she would happily choose to make that effort. Her love is now, and will always be felt, continuing to soften and warm our hearts. We will be there if at all possible. Love to the whole family Kristi, Roger, and Lianne

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