Sylvia A. Brooks

sylvia a. brooks
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family of Sylvia Brooks (Martin) announces her passing on Sunday, September 1st, at the age of 86. Sylvia was born on September 4th, 1932 in North Adams, Massachutes to Sarah Martin (Turner) and George Martin. Her family, to include four brothers and two sisters, moved to Schenectady, New York when she was eleven years old. Sylvia attended Mount Pleasant High School. It was in Schenectady where she met the love of her life, Ollie Gene Brooks (please call him Gene). They were married in Winchester, Kentucky in 1948 and settled in Schenectady, where three of their four children were born. Gene was a construction worker and traveled to major job sites. Their adventures took them all across the country; New York, California, Nebraska, South Dakota, California (again), North Dakota, Arizona, North Dakota (again), New York (again), and finally back to North Dakota for good. They were blessed with their fourth child while living in Mayville, ND. Sylvia was a career caregiver filled with compassion and dedication to her patients and coworkers. She worked at Union Hospital in Mayville, ND and St. Luke's/Meritcare/Sanford in Fargo as a Unit Clerk until her retirement in 2004. Sylvia enjoyed many hobbies and interests to include knitting, crochet, ceramics, reading, football, NASCAR, gardening, fishing, and playing chimes for her weekly church service. What she enjoyed most was time spent with family. She has 17 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren,and 2 great, great grandchildren. Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Gene, 2 brothers and 1 sister. She is survived by her children, Larry Brooks (Beverly), Ronald Brooks (Gloria), Sandra Balstad (Steven, deceased), and Michael Brooks (Janel). Her brothers Norman and Leon, and sister Marion. Memorial service for Sylvia will be held on Saturday, October 26th at 1:00 pm at Olivet Lutheran Church (1330 S University Dr. Fargo, ND 58103). All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sylvia. Online guestbook at In Lieu of flowers please contribute to Sylvia'a memorial fund at Riverview Place, 5300 12th St. S. Fargo, ND 58104

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  1. Honored to have known her for several years. Deepest sympathies to the entire family. May the peace that passes all understanding fill your hearts at this sensitive time. In His love Nancy Brooks

  2. I was one of the RNs that worked with Sylvia at Union Hospital at Mayville. I remember her knitting and crocheting ability. I have good memories of her while she lived at Mayville.

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