Melanie Dee Brooks

Melanie Dee Brooks passed away peacefully on May 2, 2014. She was born in Grand Forks, N.D. on August 15, 1952 but grew up in Walker, Minn. Her father, Bill Taylor, was the Chamber of Commerce secretary while her mother, Gladys Flom, was the school librarian.

Dee graduated with a degree in nursing from the University of North Dakota in 1975. She was a US Navy nurse at the San Diego Naval Hospital from 1975-1977 and later worked for San Diego County as a public health nurse in Clairemont and La Jolla. She married Ward Brooks in 1978 and moved to Fallbrook in 1984.

Dee was a member of the Fallbrook Garden Club and had been named member of the year and had co-chaired the annual flower show. She was especially interested in floral design and was an accredited flower show judge. She studied Norwegian rosemaling, a folk art, and won several blue ribbons at the Del Mar Fair. She also enjoyed serving as a docent at Live Oak Park.

Dee is survived by daughter Emily Broadwater, her husband David and their son Jeremy of Dayton, Ohio; son Ryan Brooks and his wife Dariana and their son Landon of San Diego, Calif.; husband Ward Brooks; and sister Andree Sterling of Tickfaw, La.

A memorial service will be held at Berry-Bell & Hall in Fallbrook at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 10.

4 Responses to "Melanie Dee Brooks"

  1. Diane Schroeder   May 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Dee’s passing. I knew her as a wonderful, kind person, with a gift for flower arranging. She will be missed.

  2. Patti Wiley   May 10, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Dee was one of the first people I met when I moved to Fallbrook. Everyone adored her and I quickly saw why. She was smart, kind, and very, very funny. Dee lit up a room when she entered it. I will remember her laughter more than anything else. My condolences to Ward, Ryan, Emily, and the entire family. She will be missed by all of us.

  3. Saam wilson   May 24, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I will always miss her and that beautiful smile she always had , Dee was the beat friend anyone could have,she would always be there for you no what she had going on I her life, I think of you each day and so wish we could have talked the wk you passed away, but I know you know I am with you always.

  4. Angela Kay   June 12, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I will truly miss Dee. Dee was always full of smiles and laughter, she could light up a room. My heart goes out to her husband and family.


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