- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 19, 2006

Betty E. Brooks, a homemaker and Army wife, died of complications from a hip fracture Sept. 1 at the Phoebe Home nursing community in Allentown, Pa. She was 86.

Mrs. Brooks was born in Tulsa, Okla. After graduating from high school, she worked as a teletype operator for Postal Telegraph and Cable Corp.

In 1948, Mrs. Brooks met her future husband while traveling to Japan to work for the Department of Defense as an administrative assistant. Herrold E. Brooks Jr. was a lieutenant in the Army at the time, and the couple married later that year.

Lt. Col. Brooks later was stationed at the Pentagon and at Fort Meade, Md.

Mrs. Brooks lived in Bowie from 1967 to 1992.

Survivors include three daughters, Judith Shaw-Meany of Greenwood, S.C., Sharon Seelye of White Mills, Ky., and Robin Fralick of Hamburg, Pa.; a son, Robert Van Wyk of Dallas; a sister, Dorothy Hackney of Littleton, Colo.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Col. Brooks died in 1972.

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