|Birth: ||Sep. 27, 1921|
|Death: ||Jun. 1, 2009|
Marie Norris Brooks died peacefully, Monday, June 1, 2009. She was surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
The funeral was held at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 522 Missouri Ave., Fort Worth.
Interment: Skyvue Memorial Garden, Kennedale.
Viewing was at Baker Funeral Home, 301 E. Rosedale, Fort Worth. Visitation held at Morningside United Methodist Church, 2860 Evans Ave., Fort Worth.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Marie Norris Brooks Scholarship Fund in care of Morningside United Methodist Church.
A lifelong resident of Fort Worth, Marie Brooks was the matriarch of a close and loving family. Married to the late Dr. Marion J. Brooks for 57 years before his passing in 2003, she was a devoted mother to five children, grandmother to 10 and great-grandmother to six. A quiet touchstone for her family and friends, Marie often described herself with characteristic modesty as simply "a family person." Those who knew her best would also say hers was truly a life of service: service to her God, to her family and to her community.
Marie Louise Norris was born Sept. 27, 1921, in Waco. She was the elder of two children of Charles and Consuelo Norris. Her brother, Charles Wesley Norris Jr. is now deceased. The family moved to Fort Worth when Marie was 3 years old. She grew up on Fort Worth's south side and graduated from I.M. Terrell High School in 1938 and Wiley College in Marshall in 1941. In 1942, as World War II was gearing up, 20-year-old Marie accepted an opportunity that was unusual for young, single women at that time. She moved to Washington, D.C., alone to work for two years serving the war effort in the newly created federal Office of War Information.
Returning to Fort Worth, she married "Jack" Brooks on Christmas Day 1945. Soon after their marriage, the Brookses moved to Washington, D.C., where Jack enrolled in medical school at Howard University. While he pursued his medical degree, she devoted herself to raising the family they started. By 1951, together they had achieved his medical degree and four of their five children. They moved the family back to Fort Worth, where Jack started his medical practice, they added a fifth child to the family and Marie began to be involved in some of the many community organizations and initiatives that would become her signature.
Deeply committed to her faith and her community, Marie Norris Brooks was a founding member of Morningside United Methodist Church, which was organized in her living room in 1962. As a member, she dedicated herself to service in the Chancel Choir and Wesleyan Circle. Marie also undertook memberships on the boards of directors for the YWCA, Planned Parenthood and the Child Study Center. For 30 years, she was precinct chairman for Democratic Precinct 1089.
Marie Norris Brooks was a charter member of the Fort Worth Chapter of The Links, Inc., a distinguished national organization of African American women dedicated to service and friendship. Through the years, she served as both secretary and president of the Fort Worth chapter and as the chairperson of the annual Ebony Fashion Fair. She also served as the chairperson of the second annual Bal de Masque, one of the most successful of the balls in the history of the chapter. Marie was also a lifetime member of Beta Mu Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
A consummate hostess and renowned cook, Marie loved to entertain family and friends at home. Her generous hospitality and easy manner turned strangers into friends and friends into family. Her memory is treasured by all of those who experienced the nurturing warmth and beauty of the home she created, and the gracious welcome she extended to all who entered.
Survivors: Children, Marian Brooks Bryant, Carol Eleanor Brooks, Roy Charles Brooks and wife, Jennifer Giddings, Clarence Jackson Brooks and wife, Sonya Hamilton, and Marie Anne Brooks Washington and husband, Arnold Eugene; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Published in Star-Telegram on 6/4/2009
Marion Jackson Brooks (1920 - 2003)*
Clarence Jackson Brooks (1950 - 2013)*
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