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Frances Ellis Winter Brookings


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Frances Ellis Winter Brookings

Springfield, OH - Frances Ellis Winter Brookings, 100 years old, died at The Legacy at Forest Glen in Springfield, Ohio on April 12, 2018. Fran was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 1917, the fourth child and third daughter of Maude Elizabeth Baker Winter and Francis Ellis Winter. At an early age her family moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, where she lived until 1934 when she moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was educated at Hendrix college, Conway, Arkansas; Oklahoma College for Women (now known as Oklahoma University of Arts and Sciences), Chickasha, Oklahoma); and Louisiana State University where, at age 59, she earned a Master's degree in Library Science. She lived in Shreveport, Louisiana for over six decades and in 2008 moved to Springfield.

During World War II Fran was a member of the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). For that service, she was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2010. From 1970 to 1982 she was employed by the Caddo Parish Schools as an English Teacher and Librarian.

Fran was a long-time member of North Highlands United Methodist Church and, more recently, High Street United Methodist Church in Springfield. She was active in many civic, church, and philanthropic activities, including the United Methodist Women, P.E.O. Sisterhood, Women's Auxiliary of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Retired Teachers' Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority.

She was predeceased by a son, Nason Brookings, and her husband H. N. Kinney Brookings. She is survived by a daughter, Deborah Brookings Norberg (Reg) of Surprise, Arizona; two sons - David Brookings (Kay) of Kansas City, Missouri, and Jeffrey Brookings (Allison) of Springfield, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

A celebration of Fran's life, with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren in attendance, will be held in Celebration Hall at North Highlands United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 23 at 1:00 pm.
Published in Shreveport Times from June 10 to June 22, 2018
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