Stephanie Brooks

March 3, 1925 ~ March 1, 2019 (age 93)

STEPHANIE A. BROOKS was born March 3, 1925 in Kingston, Jamaica to Edward E. Adams and Lucille Fraser, where she received her formal education.

In 1945, Stephanie came to the United States, where she resided with her aunt and uncle. Born in the Catholic faith, Stephanie united with St. Rita’s Catholic Church.

Shortly afterwards, she met the love of her life, Lee James Brooks. Their meeting was love at first sight; they met one week and got married the next week in November of 1945. Their union was beautifully blessed with four children: Errol, Hermon, Paulette and Jerry. Her beloved husband passed away on October 10, 2016. The following month, they would have celebrated seventy-one years of marriage.

Stephanie, worked several jobs before joining the San Diego Unified School District in Food Services. She was known for her strong work ethics and ambition to provide a good living for her family. During the late 1980s, she retired after more than twenty years of service of excellence.  

After retirement, Stephanie delighted herself with beautiful crocheting, going to swap meets and thrift stores, and gardening. She undoubtably had a green thumb. Her garden was filled with prize-winning roses of all colors and variations. Stephanie also enjoyed traveling, especially to visit and reunite with her family in Jamaica. This was an annual event which she always looked forward to with great anticipation.

One of Stephanie’ proudest moment was during the early-1950s, when she became a citizen of the United States of America. She would often say “I’m from Jamaica, I have my papers, I am a citizen and you can’t send me back!”  Whenever Stephanie would see the American flag, she would make the sign of the cross.  She had many sayings such as: “I feel good now that I hear your voice”, “You can look but don’t touch” and “I will give you a Jamaican punch!”

Stephanie was a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She always attended her children and grandchildren’s sport events, open house, special awards, and was always front and center at the wedding celebrations. 

Stephanie was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mauriel.

On Friday, March 1, 2019, two days before her ninety-fourth birthday, Stephanie A. Brooks was called home to be with the Lord. She leaves to celebrate her life her children: Errol Brooks and his wife Ella, Hermon Brooks and his wife Debra, Paulette Brooks and Jerry Brooks and his wife Susie; nephew, Clinton Bailey and his wife Teresa; six grandchildren: Dana Alcaraz and her husband Javier, Reginald Long and his wife Anna, Deyonne Brooks, Gavin Brooks and his wife April, Ronnie Hardiman and his wife Arienne and Rian Brooks; three great grandchildren: Rhyan Hardiman, Zakai Brooks and Aaron Alcaraz and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

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