Velma 'Pat' Brooks
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1926 - Jan. 26, 2013
Velma "Pat" Brooks, 86, left this world to be with her Lord and Savior and everlasting life on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. She was born in 1926 in Uniontown, Ark. Her twin sister died at birth and her dear mother died when she was 10. It was a hard life. She and her dad moved to the Woodland area when she was in her teens and foster parents raised her.
Velma was an exceptionally bright woman but her life circumstances kept her from fulfilling the dreams she was capable of achieving. She was employed in a number of jobs over the years but her favorite positions were at Philco-Ford in Palo Alto working in the aerospace industry, and later working a the Department of Corrections in Fresno.
She loved reading, doing crosswords, listening to televangelists and talk radio, and maintaining her own library of books and magazine articles. She also loved spending time on the Internet, especially researching holistic medicine, nutrition and religion. Researching these subjects for other people gave her great joy in her later years.
Velma is survived by her two daughters, Patricia Lynne Lucero of Woodland and Suzanne McAdams and her spouse Bruce of Santa Barbara; one grandson Andrew Hale and his spouse Kirsten; one granddaughter Casey McAdams and one great-granddaughter Zoe Lynne Hale.
The Woodland Funeral Home in Woodland has been entrusted with arrangements.
God looked around his garden
and found an empty place;
he then looked down upon the earth
and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you
and lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful
he always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering
he knew you were in pain.
he knew that you would never
get well on Earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
and the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids
and whispered, 'Peace be thine.'
It broke our hearts to lose you
but you didn't go alone,
for part of us went with you
the day God called you home.
Published in Daily Democrat from Feb. 12 to Mar. 1, 2013