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Maureen Elizabeth Rooks

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Maureen Elizabeth Rooks of Edmond passed from this Earth on All-Saints Day, November 1, 2007, after a lengthy and courageous battle with breast cancer. An inspiration to all who knew her, our sweet angel has been welcomed into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and suffers no more. Maureen was born April 6, 1964, in Tallahassee, Florida, to Joseph L. Ray and Mary Patricia Rooks. She was the second of five children in a military family and shared many adventures with her siblings as they cris-crossed the U.S., living at different military bases. After graduating from Del City High School in 1982, Maureen followed in her father's footsteps and served in the U.S. Air Force for seven years. Maureen achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant, serving as a military police officer at Spangdahlem AFB in Germany and Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. While in the military, Maureen pursued her education and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1992 with her Bachelor's degree and in 1994 with her Master's, both in Criminal Justice. These achieve- ments allowed her to realize her dream of becoming a federal probation officer. She served first in the U.S. Probation Office in the District of Connecticut and in 2002, returned to Oklahoma and worked in the U.S. Probation Office in the Western District of Oklahoma. She devoted herself to helping offenders receive fair sentences and victims receive justice. Prior to a medical retirement in April 2007, Maureen focused her work efforts on helping prevent sex offenders from preying on children over the internet. Though she never had children of her own, Maureen was an advocate for young people, serving as a CASA volunteer and helping behind the scenes with the Okeene, OK, Methodist Youth Group. A devoted aunt, she attended numerous school and athletic events and hosted many overnight slumber parties for her nieces and their friends. She loved nothing more than to take them shopping and out to lunch. Nicknamed 'Moe' by her brothers and sisters, none will miss her more than her siblings. She shared a special relationship with each one, thanks to her loving and accepting spirit. Her fondest memories were those times spent with them - whether bickering and mischief-making as children or shopping, vacationing and visiting on the telephone as adults. Maureen was preceded in death by her father, Joseph L. Ray Rooks. She is survived by her dear mother, Mary Patricia Rooks of Edmond; her sisters, Rae and husband Matt Dixon of Okeene, and Andrea and husband Mike Burnes of Rome, GA; her brothers, Chris and wife Xiomara Rooks of Managua, Nicaragua, and Andrew and wife Teresa Rooks of Midwest City; her nieces, Kylie and Meghan Dixon, Jordan and Alex-Andria Maureen Rooks, Nathalia Rooks, and Kyndall Elizabeth Burnes; and nephews, Nicholas and Victor Rooks, Dawson Burnes, and Andrew Salada and Matthew Rooks. Also surviving her is her loving step-mother, Peggy Rooks of Edmond; her step-sister, Traci and husband Brent Nyberg of OKC; and her step-brother, Toby and wife Karla Fullbright of OKC. Maureen's family is deeply indebted to the wonderful doctors and nurses who treated and ministered to her since her diagnosis in 2001, especially oncologist Dr. Michael Bowen and his staff at Cancer Care Associates; her high school friend and oncology nurse, Lisa Pearson Aldridge; Dr. Keith Clark, Dr. James Blalock, and everyone at St. Anthony's Hospital. You all made an unbearable situation bearable. Always a warrior in pink, one of Maureen's final contributions was working for Komen for the Cure. She was proud to help with race registration as much as she was physically able and was a featured survivor at the starting line of the OKC race on Oct. 20. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Komen for the Cure, Central Oklahoma Affiliate, 1900 NW Expressway, Ste. R325, Oklahoma City, OK 73118. Services are under the direction of Baggerley Funeral Home, Edmond. Maureen's family will receive friends at a formal visitation Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Baggerley Funeral Home in Edmond. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, at St. Eugene Catholic Church, 2400 W. Hefner, with burial following at Memorial Park Cemetery in Edmond.

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 3, 2007
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