Marilyn M. Brooks

of Rapid City, formerly of Philip, South Dakota, died on Friday, October 12, 2018
at the Rapid City Regional Hospital at the age of 79

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.

Service Details

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
Honorary Pallbearers
Seth Thomsen, all nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and all who loved Marilyn dearly
Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

Guest Book

So sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. She was always such a nice lady with a sassy attitude. Marilyn will be missed by all that had the chance to meet her.
May the love of family and friends help comfort you in the days ahead.
   ~ Dave & Karen Webb Rapid City, SD (10/14/2018)
I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. Marilyn was such a beautiful woman, inside and out. Praying for all of you.
   ~ Karen Hanson Rapid City, SD (10/16/2018)
My love and condolences to Ashley and ger family. Your grandmother sounds like a remarkable woman!
   ~ Stacy Beck Jacksonville AR (10/17/2018)
I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find some comfort in her passing. She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers sent your way.
   ~ Cassie Morgan New Underwood (10/19/2018)
Daral, Angie & family, We wanted to send You All Our Sincerest Thoughts & Prayers for Gods Compassion to help You All face the Future without Marilyn. She was a Great Lady with Spirit and Love for her Family & Friends. Marilyn, will be missed by a lot of People. Take Comfort in Knowing that She is in Heaven with Cory. Gods Blessings to All of You. Kathy & Jerry Noteboom
   ~ Kathy & Jerry Noteboom Yuma, Az (10/16/2018)
Darrell, Angie & Family, So sorry to hear of Marilyn passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. God Bless.
   ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler Sturgis, S.D. (10/15/2018)
Darral & family, So sorry to hear of the loss of Marilyn. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
   ~ Nathan & Brittney Drury Philip (10/15/2018)
Darral, Angi and family. Was so sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing but want you to know that our prayers and thoughts are with you during this trying time. We rented a vacant lot from you folks just east of downtown Philip where we set our mobile home. Lots of memories,
   ~ Jim and Barb Shrader Spearfish, SD (10/18/2018)
So sorry to hear about Marilyn she was such a fun parent to see at conference time about Angi and Cory. A wonderful memory. My thoughts are with all the family.
   ~ Amelia Hurley Philip (10/16/2018)
Thinking of you folks during this difficult time. Hold on to all the memories, she was quite a lady.
   ~ Les & Joann Pearson Philip, SD (10/16/2018)
Darrel and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Marilyn when I was at the Philip Hospital. She was a wonderful lady and a great coworker. My thoughts and prayer are with you all.
   ~ Rose Rasmussen Gillette, Wyoming (10/15/2018)
I will be forever thankful for Marilyn's presence when Nick surprised us and arrived (early) at Philip Health Services one stormy January night! She was on call and came to take xrays of a tiny little peanut! All was well. She never failed to ask after him when our paths crossed (for YEARS) and remembered to wish him a happy birthday anytime I saw her and the date was near. THEN...she was giving some 'suits' from RCRH a tour of the radiology department one February afternoon when Jason and I burst into the emergency room again about 4 years later! She was off like a flash-leaving the 'suits' and us standing to get help. Carson arrived shortly after. She always told me after that she was afraid to see me coming!! She was special. Kind and caring. Bless her beautiful soul and prayers of comfort to you all. Peace.
   ~ Jason and Vonda Hamill, Nick and Carson Milesville, SD (10/17/2018)
Darral, Angi and family - our sincere sympathy to you at this sad time. Marilyn was a wonderful and beautiful lady who will be missed by many. God's Blessings.
   ~ Jolene & Don Haynes Philip, SD (10/14/2018)
So sorry for your loss. Marilyn loved her family, and it definitely showed. The one thing that brings me comfort is knowing her grief for Cory is no longer. What a joyous reunion. Prayers for strength in the days ahead as you build a new life without Mom, wife and Grandma.
   ~ Roxy formanek Rapid Valley, SD (10/14/2018)
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Marilyn was a super lady.
   ~ Donna Craven Rapid City, SD (10/14/2018)
I am so sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing she was a wonderful lady
   ~ Joann Stark Sergeant Bluff,IA (10/21/2018)
Dear Darral and Angi and all family, my deepest sympathy to you at this sad time. May God's grace comfort you. Blessings.
   ~ Kay Foland Rapid City (10/14/2018)
Sorry for your loss, we are thinking of your family during this hard times.
   ~ Bob Sack and Tammy Sack Rapid City, SD (10/16/2018)
It is with a broken heart and tear filled eyes that I send my love and prayers to Marilyn’s family during this very difficult time. Marilyn was such a good friend and I will never forget her and will always miss her. We had such good times and lots of laughs. Heaven rejoices now at her arrival. Rest In Peace dear friend.
   ~ Linda Williams Rapid City, SD (10/18/2018)
I am sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
   ~ Patty Morris (Seidler) Romoland, CA (10/14/2018)
Much love to you all.
   ~ Marcy Wolfe Rochester, MN (10/16/2018)
We send our sincere condolences to you all. Marilyn will be sorely missed. She was a great friend to me over the years. I always enjoyed visiting with her and getting to know the rest of you.
   ~ Dr. & Mrs.Robert Durst Rapid City (10/17/2018)
Darral, Angie and family, we are so sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. Sending our thoughts & prayers for comfort at this difficult time!🙏🏻
   ~ Ted & Bonnie Lesselyoung Rapid City, SD (10/19/2018)
Darral, Angi and family, Marilyn was a special lady and friend to so many people. She was so special to my parents too. We are thinking of you during this sad time. You are in our prayers now and always!
   ~ Kelly Penticoff Philip, SD (10/17/2018)
Dear Darrel and Angi, my sympathies to you and all your family. Marilyn was a very personable lady , remember good memories as we do at this time in life.
   ~ Mary Keyser Rapid City, SD (10/14/2018)
Darral and Angi we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayer are going out to you all.
   ~ Tom and Kamie Carmichael Oakland, NE. (10/15/2018)
Love and hugs to the family! Our thoughts will be with you. We are unable to attend the service and see the families as we are out of town, but we will be there in our loving thoughts and in prayer.
   ~ Mike and Shar Moses Philip (10/18/2018)
Darral and Family, So sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and healing.
   ~ Carolyn Heltzel Midland, SD (10/18/2018)
Darral and family,
Are thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of change in your lives. God Bless, Les & Sue

   ~ Les and Sue Larson Rapid City, SD (10/19/2018)
Darral, Angi and family so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed knowing and working with your mom . She was always kind and a smile on her face. She's home now with Cory and I can only imagine how happy she is. Always loved Marilyn ❤️🙏❤️
   ~ Bonnie Moses Nebraska (10/18/2018)


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