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Mary Bernice Brooks

May 9, 1922 March 18, 2008
Mary Bernice Brooks
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Obituary for Mary Bernice Brooks

Mary Bernice Brooks, 85Mary Bernice Brooks, 85 of Prince Frederick, MD died Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at her residence.She was born May 9, 1922 in Parren, Maryland to the late John Oliver Freeland and Lillian Plater Freeland.  She was educated in the Calvert County Public Schools. She loved school and excelled in all courses of study.  Due to the death of her mother, she regretfully withdrew from school to care for her younger siblings.She worked as a chef at Evans Hotel in Prince Frederick and also worked as a maintenance technician for 32 years at the Calvert County Courthouse.Bernice was united in holy matrimony to the late James Edward Brooks and from this union eight children were born.She was a dedicated member of Brooks UM Church were she was a faithful usher and served on a host of committees.  She loved the "good ol' times when all the family members would join her for family celebrations at her home.Bernice was preceded in death by her son, Sarge Brooks; sister, Alice Phelps; brothers, Russell and John Freeland; sister-in-law, Odelia Freeland; daughter-in-law, Sally Brooks; sons-in-law, Robert Watkins and Edward Keeler; brother-in-law, Horace Brooks and adopted son, Clayton GanttSurviving are her children, Ruth Harrod, Lillian B. Wills, Douglas Brooks, Carrie Keeler, Agnes Watkins, Edward Brooks, Jr. and John Oliver Brooks; 34 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Myrtle Williams; brothers, Alvin(wife Julia) and Donald (wife Thelma) Freeland; daughter-in-law, Sarah Brooks; son-in-law, Thomas Harrod, Jr., and adopted sons, Clarence Hodge, Charles Gantt, and Les Brown; other relatives and friends.Funeral services were held at Brooks UM Church, Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 12:00p.m. with Pastor Kay Albury officiating.Interment was at Brooks UMC Cemetery, St. Leonard, MD.Pallbearers were Dominique Lester, Gary Graham, Jr., Edward Harrod, Derrick Campbell, Schaffer Stewart, and Gregory Wills, Jr.

Cemetery:

Brooks UM Church Cemetery 5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD 20685 (map/driving directions)

Visitation:

10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at Brooks UM Church 5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD 20685 on Saturday March 22, 2008 (map/driving directions)

Service:

12:00 P.M. at Brooks UM Church 5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD 20685 on Saturday, March 22, 2008 (map/driving directions)

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