Suzanne (Sue) Frances Brooks of Nokesville, VA passed away peacefully on January 20 at the age of 85. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Stephen and Louise Lauer.

Sue was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Lt. Col. George Walter Brooks III, USMC (Ret.) and her grandson Blake Walter Rhodes. She is survived by her five children: Michael Brooks, Mark Brooks (Christine), Michelle Schneider (Robert), Matthew Brooks (Laura) and Maureen Rhodes (Blake) and her six grandchildren, Sara Brooks, Katie Brooks, Matthew Brooks, Joshua Rhodes, Lexi Rhodes and Jack Rhodes.

In her late teens and early 20s, Sue worked as a model and won several beauty contests. In 1957, she met George (Walter), the love of her life and they were married 3 and half months later. As the wife of a Marine Corps officer with 22 years of service, Sue lived in various locations including California, Hawaii, and Key West, before finally settling down in Virginia. Her strong will and determination helped her through all the moves, and she worked hard to establish a supportive and loving home life while raising five children, much of which she did on her own during her husband’s overseas military deployments.

In 1971, Sue began a successful and rewarding career as a realtor, eventually acquiring a real estate broker license. She was very passionate, working hard for her clients well into her 80s. As a lifelong Catholic, she was dedicated to her church and participated often in charity events. Sue was blessed with many friends and a wonderful extended family. As the Matriarch and backbone of the Brooks family, Sue provided her children and grandchildren with countless birthday celebrations, 4th of July parties, and magical Christmas mornings. Her absence will forever be felt throughout the lives of those she raised, nurtured, served, and loved. Her family and friends are thankful to have known her and blessed to have been loved by her. May she forever rest in peace and may she always be remembered as the loving, charitable, beautiful woman she was.

If you’d like to make a donation in memory of Suzanne Frances Brooks, contributions to the American Lung Association would be appreciated:

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