April 16, 1927 - October 4, 2019 Alice Elizabeth Mae (Strom) Brooks, 92, of Anacortes passed peacefully on Friday, October 4, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 16, 1927, Guemes Island where her parents, Andrew and Emma Strom, owned a farm on West Beach. This was her idyllic life playing on the beach and enjoying the freedom that it brought. When she was 9 years old her family moved into Anacortes where her father bought a strawberry farm on "A" Avenue. In the 6th Grade, while attending Whitney School, she met the love of her life Tom Brooks. They enjoyed each other until the end. She was happy to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in 2018. In 1944, near the end of WWII she graduated from Anacortes High School with the distinction of Valedictorian, as Tom went off to the China-Burma-India Theater, she began working at People's National Bank. She, along with Tom, went to the University of Washington once he returned from the war. The two married in 1948 and resided in Seattle until Tom completed Medical School, where Alice was happy to finance his education. Next, the two, along with their newborn, Stephen, moved to Sacramento where Alice loved the sunny climate. After residency was completed, they were able to relocate back to Anacortes where her husband opened his medical practice and they settled into family life. Rob was the next addition, in 1956, and the twins, Marilyn and Marianne, completed the family in 1958. Life was full and busy for Alice, and she managed to juggle many activities and vocations into her time. She was active in Civic Duties, PEO, and Children's Hospital Guild. She served on the Board of Skagit Valley College. Many know her as a gifted pianist, having started lessons at 3 years old. At the age of 12, Alice played for her first wedding. She enjoyed playing piano throughout her life, whenever she could, even playing for the parties at the Memory Care Center where she spent the last 9 months of her life. Her Faith as a devout Christian was a great inspiration in her life. She was zealous about spreading the Good News of God's Love. She enjoyed serving as the 1st President of the Christian Women's Club of Skagit County where she remained active for many years, speaking throughout the state. Along with that role, she taught Sunday School and led Bible studies throughout her entire adult life. Alice was determined to complete her education so returned to college on the day she enrolled her youngest in Kindergarten. It was interrupted along the way, as she cared for her parents in their final years, but eventually graduated with her BA in 1972 and earned her MA in 1982 in Psychology/Theology. For several years she enjoyed working as a counselor in Anacortes. She switched gears in the early 90's and became a Realtor, working for years at Coldwell Banker. Tragically, she was pre-deceased by her oldest son, Steve, who died in 1997, and she managed to use this tragedy to help others with their own grief. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Thomas Brooks; her children: Rob (Deb) Brooks, Marilyn (Tom Bourne), and Marianne (Eric Ellis); her grandchildren: Christian, Stephanie and Brent Brooks, Sam Brooks, Hannah Safoaune, Audrey and Tommy Bourne. Chelsea Shipp, Gillian Phillips, and Meredith Thomas. She has 9 great-grandchildren: Lilli, Stephen, Moses, Elijah, Clementine, Marigold, Felicity, Hermione, and Ingeborg (with three more on the way). Alice will be remembered by her family as a woman of faith, who always cared about others, and put her family's needs above her own, earning their lasting love and respect. Visitations will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, October 11, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 12:30p.m. at Evans Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow 1:00pm at Grand View Cemetery and Memorial Service with Reception 2:00p.m. at the First Baptist Church. To share memories of Alice, please sign the online guestbook at www.evanschapel.com.
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