Jean Margaret Brooks (6 Jun 1943 - 24 Feb 2015)

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Twinkle Trust Animal Aid # 1091253

Funeral Service

Location
Landican Crematorium, Centre Chapel Arrowe Park Road Wirral CH49 5LW
Date
9th Mar 2015
Time
9am
Funeral Director
Barringtons Independent Funeral Services - Waterloo

If you wish to donate in memory of Jean please use the Twinkle Trust Website where you can donate directly
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In loving memory of the late Jean Margaret Brooks who sadly passed away in her sleep unexpectedly on 24th February 2015 aged 71 years.

Much missed by daughters Rachel and Becky and her three grandchildren whom she absolutely adored, (Felicia, Lucas and Katie), her sister Dorothy and the lovely Auntie Pattie and many many more family members and friends both old and new.

Mum may have suffered physically from MS in her later years making it difficult to get around and also struggled with depression for much of her adult life, but the Jean (mum) we all loved was very much still there, just a little lost at times. Mum could be very very funny with a sharp wit (and a sharp tongue to match if you crossed her!). If mum didn't want to do something, then nothing would persuade her, she had a truly steadfast nature.

In her working life, mum always worked hard and enjoyed the social element of meeting people through work. She was well-loved by colleagues wherever she went and remained in contact with former colleagues/friends from as far back as the 70's when she was in charge of a chain of bakeries, the 80s when she worked at a plant nursery and the 90's when she worked at Boots the Chemist.

Mums passion and love for cats is well known. She has rescued so many cats over the years, there are too many to possibly remember but it runs into the many hundreds. She has saved cats from dying, removed cats that were being neglected, nursed them to health and re-homed. She also tried to educate people, about neutering or doctoring their cats, particularly the farmers in Lincolnshire. If they disagreed, she'd take the cat without the farmer knowing, drop them at the vets and then 2 days later the farmers cat would re-appear on the farm, minus some "bits". This in addition to all the cats we had as a family that were not re-homed, but kept and loved. At the start of 2015, mum had 2 cats, Poppy and Foster. Poppy sadly died in early January aged 21 years, and mum was just so heartbroken, she could not seem to accept it. This has left Foster, who has gone to live with her daughter Rachel and her husband, and their cat Jonah.

Mum loved flowers (fragrant freesias were her favourite), flower-arranging, gardening, letter-writing to friends, or letters of complaint if she saw an injustice, painting, crosswords, and spending time with her family. She was also a fantastic cake and biscuit baker, and we often came home from school to the smell of cookies or cakes. Some of the more physical activities were not possible in the last few years due to mums lack of mobility, and this frustrated her, but she did what she could and remained independent in her own home in New Brighton until the day she passed. Remaining in her own home was so very important to mum.

We all miss you.... xx

TO ALL JEAN/MUMS FRIENDS AND FAMILY PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE, A MEMORY, UPLOAD A PHOTO OR LIGHT A CANDLE. IF SHE HAS TOUCHED YOUR LIFE, PLEASE DO MAKE IT KNOWN HERE. THANK YOU - RACHEL AND BECKY X

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Hilary McNeil wrote

I will always remember Jean for her kindness and friendship when I was a very incompetent first time mother and how she would give me cold drinks and sympathy in that boiling hot
summer of 1976. She later became a lovely friend to my mother who looked forward to her regular phone calls

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barbara frestle wrote

I met jean or Brooksy as her work mates at Boots called her she gave me the name Frezzie . We came friends and am so pleased I got visit her last year .she enjoyed her time at Boots and was missed when she left when asked why she was leaving we told them she was going to be a pole dancer and was dressed up as one at party.will miss you my buddy

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  • Frezzie, I found some photos of her Boots leaving night the other day, and I saw my mum in a whole new light! Looks like a riot. I'll post some of them when I get chance. Thanks for your memories. Mum thought so much of you, you really were a true friend to mum. Thank you. X

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joanne cox wrote

Sorry to hear about your mum. it was a big shock to hear about her. She was the most wonderful,remarkable,kind hearted lady i ever met in my life. i remember i used to go round to your beautiful cottage at Sutterton ,to play with you. i remember she used to bake cakes and great at cooking. She always smiled . i used to enjoy chatting with her many times at Boots the Chemist. I'm glad i met her. Huge hug from me xxxxx

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  • Joanne, Thank you for you lovely words. It all seems like yesterday, yet so many years have passed by. Whenever mum saw you in Boots she would tell me every time she'd seen you. She'd say, Joanne Cox came into Boots today and mum would always say what a lovely and kind girl you were (are). And she was right Joanne, you are a truly lovely person. Thank you xx

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Cecilia Smart wrote

Rachel and Becky - I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. Although I haven't seen Jean in a while the hurt is as sharp as if I'd seen her yesterday. I have many fond memories of Jean, her vulnerability, coupled with her toughness, courage and immense kindness. Lots of Love to you all and thank you Jean for some of my most fondest memories X

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  • Thank you Cils. Your words help us celebrate who she was. So much of who I am today is down to mum. I never really got to thank her for that. I inherited her passionate nature, tenacity and dogged determination. All qualities I would not be without. xx

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  • I love this photo Beck. The light is perfect and shows the happiness in mums eyes. Xxxx

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Lesley Black wrote

So sorry to hear about the Passing of Jean , sending our deepest condolences and warmest thoughts to you Rachel, Becky and family . Love from Lesley xx

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Anne Brooks wrote

fond memories of times gone by. Rest in peace Jean x

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  • Where have the years gone Anne? Thanks for your thoughts. xx

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Lizzie Ayres wrote

Jean, I have only fond memories of you. How you let Rach and me fill your lovely cottage with the fumes of Silvikrin extra strong hold hairspray took some serious understanding and tolerance. You always welcomed me into your home and I will always remember how you said my crooked front teeth gave me character so shouldn't be straightened. To this day, they remain crooked. Rest in peace Jean. With love to you, your gorgeous daughters and all the lovely cats you have saved Xxxxx

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  • Thank you Liz. It's stories like these that I forget about and want to hear. There is a hole in the ozone layer above that cottage! The teeth story I did not know. Made me smile. And she was right. Thank you so much xx

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