Rowena Love Brooks STANFIELD - Mrs. Rowena Love Brooks, 69, of Stanfield, passed away August 4, 2014, at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis, NC. Born April 23, 1945 to Carl A. and Lucene N. Love, she had gracefully battled stage IV appendiceal cancer for nearly six years. An avid reader, Rowena's love of learning and the printed word helped guide her life's path. She was valedictorian of the first graduating class of WSHS in 1963. She attended UNC Greensboro, where she majored in Textiles and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1967. She touched many lives as a teacher at Unionville Elementary, Norwood Elementary and Stanfield Elementary. After years of teaching, she returned to school herself to begin a career as a graphic designer, and retired from Central Piedmont Community College. She was a lifelong member of Love's Grove United Methodist Church, where she was baptized, married and also taught Sunday School. Mrs. Brooks is survived by her devoted husband of 46 years, Roy (R.W.) Brooks Jr., of the home; a daughter, Ashley J. Brooks (husband Kevin Kitzman); son, Roy B. Brooks (wife Michelle); and two much-loved twin grandchildren, Oliver Ward Brooks and Elsa Lucene Brooks, all of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is also survived by a sister, Judy Talley (husband Windell) of Stanfield; brother, Avery Love (wife Pat) of Georgetown, SC; and mother-in-law, Mae W. Brooks of Oakboro. The family will receive friends on August 6, from 6-8 pm at Hartsell Funeral Home, Midland. A memorial service will be held August 7, at 1 pm at Love's Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim White officiating. Visitation to follow in the Family Life Center. Memorials may be made to Love's Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 276, Stanfield, NC 28163 or to Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Brooks family. Online condolences may be made at www.hartsellfh.com.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 6, 2014