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1865 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Phone: 616-241-5665
Fax: 616-241-5247
Sarah Brooks

Sarah Ann Brooks

Monday, August 16th, 1926 - Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
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Sarah Ann Brooks was born August 16, 1926 in South Haven, Michigan, to Charles and Mabel (Brown) Ash.

Sarah went to be with her lord on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, Veteran’s Day and how fitting for this veterans advocate. She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Mabel Ash, her husband John Robert Brooks Sr., granddaughter Myia Jennings Shepard, and her ten siblings.

She leaves to mourn her legacy daughter, Sandra Jennings; son and special daughter-in-law, Billy (Lenore) Smith Jr.; Sisters-in-law Wilma Ash and Edna Tucker; grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Sarah was employed by Rosepatch & Label Co. and the Peninsular Club. Sarah was a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.

Sarah will best be remembered by her work as a veteran’s advocate and member of American Legion Auxiliary Crispus Attucks Unit #59.

Please direct any memorial contributions to benefit Sarah’s beloved servicemen and women of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 15th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, November 15th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Ivy K. Gillespie Memorial Chapel
    1865 Eastern Ave SE
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49507
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  • Service

    Monday, November 16th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, November 16th, 2020 10:00am
    Ivy K. Gillespie Memorial Chapel
    1865 Eastern Ave SE
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49507
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Eva Mathews

Posted at 08:05pm
Sandy and Billy, it is a hurtful feeling to lose your mom as most of us know. My heartfelt condolences. I’ve know Sarah most of my life as she and my mom ( Bessie Mathews) were lifelong friends and ran the American Legion post together with the other vets and vet wives. As a child these women threw THE BEST Halloween and Christmas and Easter parties for us kids! She will be missed. May she Rest In God’s Peace.

Eva Mathews Gillespie and Alberta Mathews Cross

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Posted at 04:05pm
In loving memory of our Beloved Aunt Sarah. Forever in our hearts.
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Brenda Williams

Posted at 12:12pm
Mrs. Brooks will be greatly, greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. I am ever so grateful that I had the honor of knowing her. She was a great loving and kind person. Her commitment to our Veterans, her community, to all she served is to not only be recognized but it demonstrates a heart full of love, caring and unselfish acts of genuine kindness. Oh what an inspiration and patriotic model she was. Mrs. Brooks will be cherished and loved in our hearts. I am honored that she called me a "friend," but more important she allowed me into her life to be a "friend."

Sandy and family, your loss is ours and may God grant you comfort, joy, peace during this time and the days to come.

Brenda Williams
Broadview, IL.

Raymond Shepard

Posted at 06:09pm
Without a doubt the sweetest, thoughtful and caring woman who made everyone she came in contact with feel special, especially veterans. She made me proud to be not only a veteran, but also her grandson. I love you and will miss you nana.

Bruce Kalish

Posted at 04:53pm
Sarah is one of the sweetest and genuinely loving individuals I have met and had the joy of knowing. Her six decade commitment to the veterans at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans as a volunteer doesn't begin to account for the hole in our collective heart she leaves. Her generous spirit and infectious smile are already missed. Yet her faithful witness to her LORD assures us of her reward in His eternal presence because of His grace. Precious in His sight, is the death of His saints. We mourn. She sings with eternal joy.
Chaplain Bruce Kalish

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