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Helen Joy Brooks passed away on Saturday evening January 14, 2017 at her daughter's home in Mannford with her family by her side at the age of 85. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Church of the Firstborn in Tryon. Brother Robert Smith and Brother Edwin Albright will officiate. Burial will follow at the Parkland Cemetery, Parkland, Okla. Services have been entrusted to the Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Cushing, Okla.
Helen Joy was born on January 10, 1932 to Frank (Bub) and Ruth Reedy at home on the Eagleston homestead east of Parkland. She attended elementary school in Parkland and High School in Kendrick. Helen worked as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell in Cushing for two years. Then she met the love of her life, Marvin Brooks, at the 4th of July Parkland church meetings, and fireworks went off in Marvin's heart as well as Helen's. They married on December 13, 1952 at her parents' home in Parkland. To this union Marla, Crystl, Tami and Keli were born. They lived in Edmond in an apartment for one year while Marvin worked for Sohio Petroleum Co., then they moved to the Sohio Oilfield Camp near Deer Creek. They later built a new home in the country outside of Edmond in 1970 where they lived for many years. She was a talented seamstress who made many of her daughter's outfits while they were growing up and into their adult lives.
Marvin and Helen were very active with the church and they wanted to live closer to it so they could have the brethren in their home. They purchased a house in 1995 outside of Tryon where Helen used one of her many talents and remodeled and decorated it to make it their home. She was pleased that she could offer their home up for church services for 2 months until the Tryon cafeteria was rented. Helen grew up in Church of the Firstborn. She was baptized on November 5, 1948 by Bro. Claude Greenfield. She dedicated her life to the church as a minister's wife, helping with vacation bible school, secret sisters, and other activities. She loved decorating, gardening, flower arranging, making chicken and noodles, shopping the moonlight madness sales and...Hobby Lobby.
Marvin and Helen enjoyed traveling and spending time with their children and grandchildren. She was definitely a virtuous woman of faith and she taught all of her children to follow the Lord, leading by example.
Helen is survived by her daughters Marla Albright and husband Edwin of Tryon, Crystl Percell of Cushing, Keli Smith and husband Robert of Mannford, grandchildren Travis Percell, Caleb Percell and wife Stephanie, Tanner Percell and wife Liz, Haley Machetta, Gavin Albright, Clay Holsinger and wife Amanda, Brittni Hampton and husband Shane, Cory Smith and wife Kara, Cale Smith, great grandchildren Abby and Logan Machetta, Carter and Reagan Percell, Callaway and Hudson Percell, Liam Percell, Adleigh, Ashlynn, and Avery Hampton, and Connelly Holsinger, sisters Betty Brown and husband Alvin of Agra, Ruthina Hiemer and husband Albert of Tryon, Diane Wolfe and husband Richard of Stillwater, and Sherre Brandenberg and husband R.C. of Stillwater, and one brother Frank Reedy and wife Barbara of Agra.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Marvin Brooks, daughter Tami Holsinger, son-in-law Gary Percell, and one brother Gerald Reedy.
Family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. at the Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Cushing.
Condolences and online guestbook are available at www.palmermarlerfh.com.
Published on January 17, 2017
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