Gertrude D. Brooks, 100, of Dinwiddie, passed away on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, surrounded by her family.
Born in Chesterfield County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Bertha Belcher Dance, and the widow of Frank M. Brooks Sr. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Madeline Gibbs; a son, Donald L. Gibbs; two stepdaughters; two brothers, Joseph and Herbert Dance; and three sisters, Lilly Watson, Myrtle Mayes and Edith Hogue. Mrs. Brooks was a member of Western Heights Baptist Church.
She is survived by her sons, Robert McDaniel of Las Vegas, Lewis Gibbs and wife, Jean, of Dinwiddie; a daughter, Sandra G. Green and husband, Arthur, of Chesterfield; stepsons, Earl Brooks and wife, Barbara, of Chesterfield, Frank M. Brooks Jr. of Chesterfield; three stepdaughters; 29 grandchildren; 71 great-grandchildren; 33 great-great-grandchildren; numerous stepgrandchildren; daughters-in-law, Lois Gibbs and Mary Ann Gibbs; special nephew and niece, Henry and Carolyn Hogue; many other nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Western Heights Baptist Church, 24416 Cox Road, Petersburg, VA 23803, with the Rev. Jonathan Dundalow and the Rev. Ron Sowers officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Chester. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Western Heights Baptist Church or Crater Community Hospice, 3916 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23805. Arrangements by the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com