Mae M. Brooks passed away Sept. 27, 2009, a remarkable woman to all that had the opportunity to be a part of her life. Born Nov. 15, 1923, in Livingston to Gilbert and Paula Eggar, she grew up with eight siblings on the Ninth Street Island in Livingston and had many fond memories of those years.
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She married Ray Brooks on Aug. 12, 1944. They made their home in Chestnut east of Bozeman and raised their family, June, Shirley and Jason.
Mae was confined to a wheelchair, crippled with multiple sclerosis for the last 45 years of her life, however she never let her disability get in the way of living life to the fullest. When faced with a challenge related to her disability, she took great pride in finding her own solution. She found the good in everything, no matter what the situation. Her positive attitude toward life was contagious.
She enjoyed many activities with her children and grandchildren, especially events surrounding the holidays, making Christmas cookies, dyeing Easter Eggs, carving pumpkins and making special handmade gifts for everyone. Family was special to Mae. Everyone had their own unique connection with her. The smell of her famous homemade rolls and all her baked goodies will be missed by all.
Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Ray in 1997; her parents; and seven brothers.
She is survived by her daughters, June Schweitzer (Bob), Shirley VanDyken (Dan); son, Jason Brooks; and her sister, June Pollington; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Mae requested no memorial service be held. Cremation has taken place, and a private family interment will take place at a later date.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 4, 2009