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Judith "Judy" Brooks

Judith Marie Brooks, age 80, passed away on July 26, 2020. Judy was born in Detroit, MI on June 12, 1940 to Walter & Doris Curtis. Judy is survived by her children: Brett (Christa) Knight, Laurel (John) Knight, Shari (Rich) Wilson and Greg (Chrissy) Baker; 13 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; her nephew Trevor Curtis and her niece Jamie Pickard. She was preceded in death by her parents; her 1st husband Henry Thomas Knight, her 2nd husband Gerald Lynn Brooks, her daughter Robyn Darish and her brother Dale Curtis. Judy was a foster parent to numerous kids. She used to raise and show Irish Setters. Judy enjoyed bowling, playing cards, crafts, movies and spending time with her family. She was a Stage 4 pancreatic cancer survivor since 2003 and although she had many other health issues through the years, nothing seemed to keep her down for long. Judy treated everyone like family and was always the first one to step up and help in any situation. Many nights were spent staying up late having random conversations with her as she was very well versed in almost anything. She was known to argue to the death to get her point across and try to get you to see things her way. For such a little woman, she certainly commanded respect. Judy was an inspiration to all that knew her and will be deeply missed. While visiting Judy’s webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. The family will be hosting a celebration of life, the date is yet to be determined. The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home; Marshall & Gren Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams St. Plainwell, MI 49080 (269-685-5881).

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I've been lucky enough to have known Judy for decades. She had the rare gifts of compassion, kindness and enthusiasm! I don't think there ever was a project she was afraid to tackle, whether it was home remodelling or needlework. She and I and our children would get together when our husbands went deer hunting, and remodel or redecorate a room or two. Strangers were truly just friends she hadn't met yet..she was the epitome of a Christian, welcoming people into her home as if they were family. She held the title of honorary "Aunt Judy" to my children,now grown, who remember many fond adventures . I like to think God must might have had a special assignment for her to have called her home. My life has been richer for having known her, and a day won't go by that I don't think of her with love and appreciation. Claire Frederick

Claire Frederick Aug 5 2020 11:42 AM

Judy has been a friend of mine for over 30 years. We met when she brought over a litter of Irish setters that had a skin problem that no one seemed able to cure. I was a veterinarian in practice at that time.We immediately liked each other and became fast friends for the rest of our lives. Judy was the kind of person who was always upbeat and would put a smile on your face even though she was going thru a hard time herself. She always helped others but was always gracious enough to accept help. We need that because some of us need to help too. She loved her dogs. There are not many people that you can say that have been such a good friend. She was known for being a crafter and made many pretty things and sold them. Judy was always looking to help out and one way was by taking in foster children and raising several of them to maturity and putting them on the right road. She will be remembered by all with very fond memories and thoughts of love. -Sydelle

Sydelle Aug 4 2020 3:35 PM

We got of to a rough start but soon became good friends! RIP Judy. Pat Sypytkowski

Pat Sypytkowski Aug 1 2020 12:28 AM

Back when I first met Judy. I was staying in her basement as a guest. Little did I know that Id eventually marry her nephew. Judy soon took on the roll as my Mom , helping me deal with my past demons and life issues. We grew quite close and spent a lot of time together be it yard sale if or painting her various rooms. I will forever miss her and she will Always hold a very special place in my heart :heart:

Karen Brooks Jul 29 2020 3:24 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Judith Brooks

Terrie Christian Jul 29 2020 12:53 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Judith Brooks

Sally Bailey Jul 28 2020 9:24 PM

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Jul 28 2020 7:11 AM