Joanne Lynn Brooks

July 2, 1951 - October 21, 2014
Joanne Lynn Brooks

Joanne Lynn Brooks, age 63, died at New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. The cause was complications resulting from a heart attack.

Born on July 2, 1951 in Raleigh, NC, she resided in Wilmington, NC for the past eight years. She was a Girl Scout camp ranger at Camps Homestead and Pretty Pond and had been an active member of the Girl Scouts for the last 25 years. In Wilmington, she was a substitute teacher at several schools, including Forest Hills Elementary School. She was a member of Port City Community Church.

Joanne had a zest for life and always found the brightest moments in every day. She was full of love and positivity. Her favorite things were her children, her family,her friends, the beach, seashells, and anything outdoors.

She is survived by her children, William Brooks, of Manteo, NC and Joslyn Mereness of Miami, Florida; her siblings, Tom Brooks, of Raleigh, NC. Mary Brooks, of Boulder, CO and Susan Cavanagh, of Raleigh, NC and her nephews and nieces, Paul, Kristin, Bert, Bill, Laurel, and Ashley

A celebration of life will be held at Hugh MacRae Park In Wilmington, NC on Saturday, November 22. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend this potluck at Shelter #6 from 12 to 4pm.

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  • October 23, 2014
    Pam Skipper says:
    Mrs. Brooks was such a dedicated friend to Forest Hills Elementary. We are all so saddened by the news of her passing. She was always so positive and kind to the students when she was substituting or volunteering. We have so many fond memories of her contributions to the children and their education here at our school. Pam Skipper, Instructional Coach, Forest Hills Elementary.

  • November 07, 2014
    Ruth says:
    We enjoyed camping at Camp Pretty Pond while Joann was a ranger there. She was so kind, fun and helpful to our troop. We will greatly miss her. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • October 24, 2014
    Kelly says:
    Such a loss of a vibrant, loving, joyful mother, sister, and aunt. You are all blessed to have had Joanne as your friend. I know if I had met her, I would have liked her immediately. Will, Jozlyn, and Mary, I will pray that you feel the comfort and love from this wonderful woman. Mary, you are right. Joanne is beautiful. God bless and keep all of you. God's peace be with you. Love, Kelly

  • October 25, 2014
    Susie and Pat says:
    Mary,and all of Joanne's loved ones, Pat and I are so very sorry for your great loss! Your sister now looks down on you from heaven Mary, where she will always be your strength. She felt your love and support during her struggles to live. Bless you all and may your sorrows be lifted by all the wonderful memories Joanne gave you!