Louise Mae Crossett Brooks (1926-2008)

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FARMINGTON – Louise Mae Crossett Brooks, 81, of Wilton, died late Thursday night, July 31, 2008, at Franklin Memorial Hospital, Farmington.

She was born Nov. 27, 1926, in Wilton, the only child of Arthur and Lillian (Fogg) Crossett. She was raised in Wilton, education in local schools and graduated in 1944 from Wilton Academy. She was employed at her father’s drugstore on Main St., Wilton for many years. On Sept. 4, 1954, she married Arnold W. Brooks at the Wilton Congregational Church. They enjoyed 40 years of happiness. Arnold passed away on Sept. 15, 1994. She was a devoted homemaker.

Louise was a longtime member of the Wilton United Methodist Church where she enjoyed serving as the church organist for over 30 years, playing for both the Wilton and North Jay Churches, retiring in the mid 1990s. She loved music and played both the piano and organ and played for numerous
weddings and funerals and participated in church fund raisers and events.

Her family and good neighbors were her priority. She enjoyed attending her son, Mark’s, sports activities and in later years, she was a devoted football, baseball and basketball fan, attending as many as possible of the games that her grandsons, Jaime and Justin, participated. She also
maintained a continual letter writing “dialogue” with her son, Timothy, throughout his college experience and the years of his early employment.

Louise was an animal and nature lover. She especially loved the dogs and cats who shared her life over the years and was an avid gardener. She also enjoyed cooking, crafts (especially knitting) and working on crossword puzzles.

Louise is survived by her loving sons: Mark and his wife, Tracy Brooks of Wilton; Timothy Brooks of Wilton; grandsons: Justin and Jaime, both of Wilton; sister-in-law, Marion Gardiner and her son, David Gardiner, both of Bradenton, Florida; sister-in-law, Shirley Brooks of Peoria, Illinois and
her children: Kathy Jergins and her husband, Richard of Bradenton; Florida and Danny Brooks and his wife, Vicki, of Peoria, Illinois and numerous cousins on both sides of her family.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her folks; brothers-in-law, Everett Brooks, William “Buster” Brooks and his wife, Shirley and George Gardiner and his son, Richard Gardiner.

Louise will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her and loved her. Her kindness, willingness to help others and unrelenting faith will always be remembered and cherished. We know she is at peace with the Lord and her lost loved ones.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon Aug. 4, 2008, at 1 PM from the First Congregational Church, UCC, Main St., Wilton. Family and friends are invited to call at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 136 High St., Wilton, Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Following services on Monday, burial will be at
Lakeview Cemetery, Wilton. A family reception will follow at the family home on Webb Ave., Wilton. Those who would like to share words of comfort with her family may do so by sending an e-mail to

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