Marilyn M. Brooks
of Rapid City, formerly of Philip, South Dakota, died on Friday, October 12, 2018
Marilyn M. Brooks, age 79, passed away peacefully October 12, 2018 at Rapid City Regional Hospital with family by her side.
Marilyn was the beloved wife and best friend of her one and only love of nearly 52 years, Darral Brooks. She was the devoted and forever loving mother of Angi and Cory and was the loving and doting grandmother to Ashley, Hunter and Hannah and great-grandmother to Ryker.
Marilyn was born to Alfred and Sylvia (Paulsen) Hansen on March 23, 1939 in Kadoka, SD. She grew up in the country, the sister to Jerry and Joan, where she formed her love of music and horses. Marilyn graduated from Kadoka High School in 1957. She was active in all the school’s music programs and played the piano for soloists in many competitions and for church services. In her later years, she loved to play her organ at home – even up until about a month ago.
Marilyn attended Huron College for one year and Black Hills Teachers College (as it was called then) for one year, but she wasn’t sure she wanted to be a secretary. Before the next school year began, as fate would have it, Dr. Sundet offered her a job at the Kadoka Clinic, and she started working there in 1959. Thus began her long medical career. She was trained in all areas of the clinic setting but her favorite was X-Ray. This became her passion. She went to every clinic and seminar she could to help her improve in that field. Marilyn worked 20 plus years in the Kadoka Clinic for Dr. Sundet and Dr. Swisher. Later then, as she had been commuting from Philip to Kadoka for many years, she started working with Dr. Mangulis, Dr. Klopper and many others in the Philip Health system, managing both the EKG and X-Ray departments for another 20 plus years until finally retiring in September 2003. She always said she made some of her best friends and loved her many years in the medical field.
In 1957 while still in high school, she worked at the South Dakota Department of Highways district office in Kadoka, when they were starting to build the interstate highway system across the state along highway 16. There she met a Civil Engineering student who had taken an internship with the SD Highway Dept and placed him at Kadoka. They met at a few dances in the area and enjoyed dancing with each other. Marilyn always felt like Darral was the “one” from that time on. Upon graduation from SDSM&T, Darral took a job with the California Highway Department and spent the next four years in California. After Darral moved back to Philip, it was only fitting they again met at the many dances in the area at that time. The relationship grew, and they were married on November 4, 1966. To this union Angi Jo was born on November 4, 1967. To make the family complete, Cory William came along on March 26, 1972. Marilyn was a Kadoka Kougar all the way – until the kids started getting involved with school activities and sports– then she was a Philip Scottie through and through. She was a great supporter of all the activities/sports the kids participated in and it carried on with the grandkids too. Sometimes, however, she may have been a little more vocal than she needed to be!
Marilyn’s home and dining room table were open to anyone who needed a good meal, a friendly face, or even at times, a stern, but always soft and warm hand to hold while working through problems and getting advice. Marilyn loved to entertain family and friends. She always enjoyed having a house full of kids, any age, playing pool in the family room, cards at the table, or whiffle ball in the back yard. Her house was your house and the warm feelings and smells that carried throughout her home are special to so many, too many to list, but you know who you are……Mama Brooks was always there!
Marilyn retired in September 2003, and she lost her son, Cory, on 4/24/04 while he was deployed in Iraq as a member of the SD National Guard. The grieving process was extremely hard on her, and she felt her faith in God helped her get through it. She always felt that she should have gone back to doing the thing she loved – taking care of people, shooting x-rays – going back to work, however, she opted to stay retired. Marilyn and Darral moved to Rapid City in 2008 to be closer to Angi and her family. Marilyn loved every minute she had with her grandkids. She loved to travel and enjoyed spending part of the winters in California, Arizona and Texas – in the hill country (her absolute favorite).
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Darral Brooks, of 51 years 11 months, daughter Angi (Mike) Kiewel of Rapid City; grandchildren Ashley (Philip) Gusgeski of Newburgh, Indiana, Hunter and Hannah Kiewel of Rapid City; great-grandson, Ryker Gusgeski and two very special ladies who Marilyn has loved like a daughter/granddaughter, Heidi (Lance Fuegen) Linngren and Isabel MacLachlan both of Rapid City. Sister in law, Norma Hansen of Spearfish, SD, Brothers in law George (Deanna) Brooks of Gregory, SD, Dale (Ellen) Brooks of Sturgis, SD and Gary Brooks of Sioux Falls, SD. Last but certainly not least, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews whom she loved unconditionally.
She was preceded in death by her son, Cory William Brooks; her parents, Alfred and Sylvia Hansen; her brother, Jerold Hansen; her sister, Joan Prichard and brother in law Lloyd Prichard; her father and mother in law, Marvin and Alice Brooks; and her brother and sister in law, Arlie and Heidi Brooks.
A memorial will be established.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, October 19, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 20, at the Philip High School Fine Arts Building in Philip.
Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
Friday, October 19 - 5-7 p.m.
Rush Funeral Home
Philip, South Dakota
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.
Philip Fine Arts Building - Philip High School
Philip, South Dakota
Pastor Becky Piper
Marilyn Millage - Pianist
Maureen Palecek - Vocalist
"How Great Thou Art"
Mel Smith - Mike West - Roger Buhmann
Hunter Kiewel - Craig Brooks - Brad Brooks
Douglas Noyes - Paul Hansen - Monte Prichard
Seth Thomsen, all nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and all who loved Marilyn dearly
Philip, South Dakota