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Barbara K. Brooks

April 7, 1943 – June 28, 2015

Barbara K. Brooks, age 72, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 28, 2015.

Born in Wilmington, DE on April 7, 1943, Barbara was the daughter of the late Arvid O. and Elizabeth C. (Hardy) Johnson. She made her career as a school nurse and teacher with the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District where she dedicated many years of service.

Barbara was happiest spending time with her grandchildren, never missing a sporting or school event. They were her pride and joy. Barbara was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Wilmington and a member of the Red Hat Society. She looked forward to dining out with The Cracker Barrel Girls, enjoyed traveling and loved visiting the beach. Above all else, Barbara was a devoted caregiver, nurse and friend to many.

She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Leonard J. Brooks, Sr.; children, Leonard J. Brooks, Jr. (Patti) of Newark and Kristin B. McCormick (Sean) of Middletown; siblings, Debbie, Kenny, David, Linda, Elizabeth and Judy; grandchildren, Jeff and Brad Brooks and Keeley and Sarah McCormick; and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to Barbara’s best friend and sister, Debbie for the assistance and loving care she provided.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Monday evening, July 6, 2015 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday morning, July 7, 2015 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 300 E. Basin Road, New Castle, DE 19720. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1314 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803 or to Asbury United Methodist Church at the address listed above.

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  1. Gale McAllister, July 1, 2015

    Barbara was the truest and best kind of friend. She will be greatly missed.

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  2. Loisanne Nichols, July 1, 2015

    To the Brooks family.
    So sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
    If there is anything I can do, please let me know.
    Lois-Anne

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  3. Hilly and Dave Hoyle, July 1, 2015

    Barb was like a mom to all.of us from college! She was always welcoming and fun! I am sorry for Len aka (Mr. Brooks) and know that Kristin and Lenny are devastated on the loss of their mom! Big hugs to the whole family and extended family.

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  4. Matt Kane, July 1, 2015

    Barbara was as kind and funny as she was spunky and feisty (because her career required it of her). She gave students direction as deliberately as she gave them medical assistance. I am sure it is a great loss to the family and I offer my condolences.

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  5. Phyllis Bradley, July 1, 2015

    So sorry for your loss Big Lenny, Little Lenny and Kristin. Cousin Barbara, you will be missed.
    Phyllis (Muhlena) Bradley

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  6. Kay Jennings, July 1, 2015

    So sorry to hear this news…I’ve known Barbara since PrimeHook Beach growing up….Elizabeth Wilkerson and Bertha Lee were my aunts and I visited them often. I grew up at Goshen Church with Lenny and his brothers. Barbara and I connected again at school nurse conferences…she was a pleasure to be with and always had something up her sleeve…we had many laughs together. My deepest condolences to the Brooks and Johnson families.

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  7. Janet (Muhlena) Hall, July 1, 2015

    My sympathies to the entire Johnson clan. To Big Lenny, Little Lenny, and Kirsten and your families my prayers are with you.

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  8. Joyce Ayres, July 1, 2015

    Barb,
    What a special lady you were. From the moment I came to Howard, I knew you would be there for me, for the staff and for every student! You took everything in stride, you had heard every story and knew how to deal with whatever crisis came up. Your smile and laughter made every day a good one.
    You were always ready to do whatever was needed both in your job as school nurse but more important, as a super supporter of our school. You touched so many lives over the years, both in school and in the community. I will miss you.
    Love, Joyce

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  9. Shielda Campbell Wolf, July 2, 2015

    B.J was a special person. I met her in High School(William Penn). We both were accepted to The Memorial School of Nursing in 1961. Our nursing career had begun. All of us in school looked out for each other like we were family. It was a wonderful experience to always know they had your back. I was happy we were there. It is sad we never kept in touch after graduation. I want to think she was a wonderful nurse. All my prayers go out to her family. Your Mother will be remembered by her friends. With Love in Christ, Shielda.

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  10. Alan Shores, July 2, 2015

    So sorry to hear of BJ’s passing. She was a wonderful friend to my mother and father, and to our family for many years. Our hearts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. The Shores family.

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  11. Debbie Hall-Picard, July 2, 2015

    Mrs. Brooks was a great nursing teacher. I had the honor of her teaching me at Hodgson Vo-Tech nursing. She was so nice, kind and caring. We couldn’t of asked for two great teachers Ms. Shores and her. I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven gained another angel. Rest in Peace.

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  12. Gina Focht, July 4, 2015

    Lenny, sending you our deepest sympathies at this difficult time for you and your family. I didn’t know your mom I do know you. She must have been incredibly proud you and the beautiful family you have. Keeping you all in ou thoughts and prayers.

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  13. Johna-Lee Ingraham, July 5, 2015

    My sincerest condolences. Barbara was a colleague and a friend, she will be greatly missed. So sorry for your loss, wishing you peace and comfort in your memories of her.
    Deepest Sympathy, Johna-Lee Ingraham

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  14. Mary Welch, July 5, 2015

    Barbara was a gift to all who knew her. I had the opportunity of working with her for many years at Howard High School of Technology where she cared for staff and students with a loving heart. We shared many stories about our children and grandchildren who were the light of Barbara’s life. Thank you for making a sincere and lasting impression on me, and you will always be remembered as Our Mrs. Brooks! Love you, Barbara!

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  15. Kate Blankenship, July 6, 2015

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  16. Samantha Van Camp (Wiseman), July 6, 2015

    Mrs. Brooks, where to begin. I spent 4 years getting to know you and no matter how I was feeling, you always somehow seem to put a smile on my face. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your entire family as they grieve your loss. Thank you for being so wonderful to me. May you R.I.P

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  17. Glenn McNatt, July 6, 2015

    My sympathies to Lenny and his family during this difficult time . My thoughts and prayers are with you .

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