Margaret "Elaine" Brooks Resident of Aptos, CA Age 81, passed peacefully in her home on November 7, 2012. Elaine was born on October 19, 1931 in Dixon, IL and raised in Neponset, IL. Elaine graduated from Bradley University and the University of Chicago earning a Masters Degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Physics. After graduation she joined Caterpillar and began working with computers, a field she excelled in and helped pioneer throughout her career. In 1957, she married her husband Les Brooks and they moved to Los Angeles, CA. where Elaine worked at TRW, taught at UCLA
and eventually joined IBM as a systems engineer Elaine had a long and stellar career at IBM eventually rising to upper management positions in both sales and engineering. Her ability to manage her career, maintain a happy marriage, and successfully raise 6 children made her an inspiration to everyone she knew. Elaine enjoyed life; some of her favorite things were working in her beautiful rose garden, horseracing, and golfing with "The Girls". Her greatest joy was being with her family around the dinner table laughing, sharing, and enjoying one of her many delicious home cooked meals. Elaine was preceded in death by Les Brooks, her husband of 55 years and survived by her brother John E. (and Sue) Scott, her sister Susan Linzy, and leaves 6 children Kathy Ferrier, Chris Martan, Shawn (and Kim) Brooks, Shannon (and Jen) Brooks, Teresa (and Ron) Tweedt, Rebecca (and Jeff) Cox. 11 grandchildren Cailen, Jeanne, Sierra, Jordon, Kinsey, Nicolas, Hannah, Skyler, Bradley, Ben, and Dallon, 3 great grandchildren Alisa, Zane, and James.