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Myrtle H. Brooks

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Myrtle H. Brooks, 93, the wife of the late Rev. Thomas H. Brooks, died Jan. 1, 2018. A Memorial Service was held Jan. 10 at Cecil Memorial UMC in Annapolis, pastored by the Rev. Patricia A. Turnage. A Delta Omega Service preceded the funeral. The Rev. Kirkland Frazier officiated and gave the Eulogy.

Myrtle Holloway Brooks was born Sept. 7, 1925, to the late Myrtle and Marion Holloway in Marion, S.C. She grew up in the Bethel UMC in Marion, and attended elementary and secondary schools in the Marion County Public Schools.  She held a Bachelor’s Degree from South Carolina State University.

She pledged the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Eastern Star and went on to further her education, obtaining a Doctoral Equivalency.

She accomplished her goal to be a teacher and started her career at her elementary school. Wherever her husband was appointed, she continued to teach elementary school in several Montgomery County schools. After 40 years, she retired.

She and Minister Thomas H. Brooks were married in 1948, and moved to Montgomery County, Md. She was a devoted elementary school teacher, while serving as “First Lady” at the churches, he pastored.

Thomas Brooks was ordained an Elder in 1949 and served in the Washington Conference at: St. James’ in White Sulpher Springs, and Roncersville (1950-’53); Sharp Street in Sandy Springs (1953-’61); and Jerusalem in Rockville 1961-’66.  After the merger of the Baltimore and Washington Conferences, he served: Hughes Memorial UMC in Washington, D.C. (1966-’74); Ames Memorial UMC in Baltimore (1974-’75); and Cecil Memorial UMC in Annapolis (1975-’78) where he died Oct. 21, 1978.

After his death, she continued as an active and faithful member for the rest of her life.  She served as a Communion steward, taught Bible school, helped organize and run the church’s Easter egg hunts, and served on the Nurse’s Unit. She was on the Board of Child Care, where she donated a steeple in her husband’s memory.

She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents and husband, by two sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include a sister and several nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.