Doris L. Brooks, age 85, beloved mother and grandmother entered into eternal rest on September 19, 2018.
A celebration of her life will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Doris LaVerne Lowery Brooks was born to Simon Lowery and
Hattie Mae Benson Lowery in Washington, D.C. on February 21, 1933, which happened to be her father’s birthday as well. She was the youngest of three children born into the family. Hattie B. Lowery passed away soon after Doris was born and her early childhood years were spent in the care of her godmother. It was in this environment that Doris received piano lessons, her religious training, and her love for the Lord was nurtured at Union Wesley A.M.E. Church. In 1940 Simon married Grace Broadway who became mother to Julius and Doris and the family moved their membership to John Wesley A.M.E. Church several years later.
In high school, Doris met Calvin Eugene Jackson whom she married in 1952. They were divorced in 1974. Three children were born of this union: Diane LaVerne, Marjorie Elaine, and Carlton Eugene. During the formative years of her children’s lives, Doris was content to be wife, mother and homemaker. She was a strict but nurturing disciplinarian and meticulous housekeeper. As a military wife she moved to various Air Force bases around the country until the family settled in Fort Worth, Texas in 1962. They met Rev. Marshall Hodge and Morningside Methodist Church became their church home. The church was politically active under Rev. Hodge and Doris & Jack became involved in activities to advance civil rights in the community. Her skills as a musician were often on display as a member of the Morningside Chancel Choir and part-time organist.
Her activities in the church expanded to include the Methodist Youth Fellowship and United Methodist Women. She was active in the community as a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout Den mother, and Meals on Wheels driver. She later worked outside the home for the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Education, and Mervyn’s Department Store.
In 1975 Doris married James Earl Brooks. The Brooks’ were ardent members of Allen Chapel A.M.E Church for many years. Again, we see Doris in the role of musician / choir director for the Gospel Choir of Allen. They moved to Forest Hills AME at the request of the presiding elder to help build a new congregation. The marriage continued until his death in 2006.
Throughout her life, Doris suffered from various illnesses, but her faith in God was unwavering. In spite of her pain she had a welcoming smile, an infectious laugh, a wicked sense of humor, and a heart for others. Her door was always open and her kitchen had a stool for anyone who needed a listening ear. She was an example of faith to her family by thought, word, and deed.
Doris was preceded in death by her mothers, father, sister, brother, daughter, Marjorie Jackson Martin, and husband James E. Brooks.
Doris’s homegoing is celebrated by her children: Diane Jackson Powell and Carlton E. Jackson (Beverly); Grandchildren: Brandon C. Greer, Yolanda C. Martin, Zachary A. Powell, Rachel Martin, B. Jovan Martin, Kristina Jackson Hielscher (Eric), and Katrina Jackson; 8 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of cousins. She will be deeply missed by our extended family member Diane Egan and dear friend Barbara Mitchell.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mother’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.
Irving: Renetta D. Ritter, 62, left her earthly body Saturday, September 15, 2018, and crossed into eternal life with Jesus Christ her Savior.
Funeral: 12:00pm Thursday, August 20, 2018 at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 4034 W. Pioneer Dr. Irving, Tx.75060.
Visitation: 10am till 12pm before service at the church.
Renetta was born into this world in Dallas, TX, August 8, 1956, to the loving home of Henry A. and Naomi Ritter. She attended school in Irving, graduating from Nimitz High School where she enjoyed singing and sports, especially volleyball. She was a good student. She attended Court Reporting School and followed that career path in her younger days. Later she worked in Air Freight. She had a creative nature; enjoying planting flowers and watching them grow, venturing into coloring pictures and other things that caught her attention and interest. She loved her family and even while taking chemotherapy, tried to care for her mother in many ways. She was a long-time member of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, enjoying the teachings of the Lord from early childhood into early adulthood, then a recent re-dedication period. Raise up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
She was preceded in death by her father, Henry A. Ritter; nephew, Clinton Ritter; aunts, Willie Dean Shay and Lou Ann Welch, uncles, Donald Dodd and Jahue Dodd, and stepfather Sam Young.
She is survived by: her sons, Matthew Ritter and Hunter Glick; mother, Naomi Young; brother, Bradley Ritter; aunt, Betty Stone; uncle, James Dodd, along with a host of other family and friends.
Kayli Brooke Moore, age 25, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Memorial service is at 11am Friday, September 21, 2018 at Fellowship of the Parks, 9900 N Beach, Keller TX 76248.
She was born October 6, 1992 in Sulpher Springs, Texas to Penni Holloway Moore and Kerry Marshall Moore of Mineola, Texas. Kayli graduated from Keller New Beginnings High School in 2011 and went on to be a graduate of Ogle School of Cosmetology in 2012. She was a member of Gateway Church and was baptized in October of 2012.
Kayli is preceded in death by her father, Kerry Marshall Moore; paternal grandparents, Merle Jean Snyder and Ernest Eugene Moore and maternal grandfather, Basil Monroe Holloway.
She is survived by her loving precious daughter, Natalia Paige Toney of Bedford; mother, Penni Holloway Moore Burt and Kevan Burt of Roanoke; siblings, Kristina Burt of Roanoke, Amber and Nicolas Bauermeister of Keller and Michael Burt of Roanoke; maternal grandmothers, Joyce Holloway of Mineola and Glenda Martinez of Gordonville, TX; three nieces and one nephew; paternal aunts, Crystal and Kevin Boyd of Winona, TX and Connie Moore of Jacksonville, TX; paternal uncles, Tony John Moore of Arkansas and Chris Peacock of Mineola; maternal aunt, Stephanie Mitchell of Mineola; maternal uncles, Basil and Michelle Holloway of fort Worth and Darryle Mitchell of Louisville, KY; 26 cousins and a large number of great-aunts and uncles and extended family and friends whom she loved.