SHERBURNE: Clara Lee Marcelle (Shampang) Brooks, 86, of Handsome Brook Trailer Court, formerly of Earlville, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2019 at her home.
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She was born May 9, 1932 in Butternuts, NY, a daughter of Edwin and Edna Moore Shampang and received her education in Morris schools. She had married Donald E. Brooks. Clara was a seamstress for the Hamilton House Interior Design Store in Norwich making custom drapes and curtains for 17 years. She had been a waitress for the Sherburne Inn at age 16, and later worked for several other local firms including the Earlville Paper Box Co., the Sherburne Knitting Mill, and Simmonds Precision. She had also done housekeeping for area families. Clara loved gardening and growing vegetables that were the biggest part of her garden. She also enjoyed cooking.
Surviving are her companion of 29 years, Alvin Brown; her children, Kenneth and Irene Brooks of Dexter, NY; Debra and Gerald Rockwell, II of Earlville; grandchildren, Adam Brooks of Boise, ID; Kimberlyn Dailey and Greg Dougherty of Earlville; great-grandchild, Alexa Dougherty; nieces, Cathy French and her son, Kerry of Canandaigua; and Kathy Shampang of CA.
Funeral services will be held at 2pm Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 3 Preston St., Earlville.
Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from Noon to 2pm prior to the service.
Interment will be in the South New Berlin Cemetery in the spring.
Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959.