Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent
Name: Iva Brooks
Died: July 24, 2005
Born: June 15, 1918
Preceded in death by: Her parents; three brothers, Thomas and Arva King and J.W. Waller; a sister, Marjorie Thomas; and her husband.
Survived by: A son, Robert Brooks (and wife, Linda Beth) of Tijeras; a daughter , Linda Custer (Roy) of Rogers; four grandchildren, Chad Custer (Beverly) of Albuquerque, Cathryn Schilling (Dan) of Waurika, Okla., Barry Brooks (Mary Jo) of Tijeras and Britt Brooks (Karen) of Dallas; nine great-grandchildren, Cole and Lexy Custer, Brianna and Katilyn Schilling, Nathaniel, Alex, George, Benton and Eric Brooks; and a brother-in-law, Randy Brooks (Margetta) of Yukon, Okla.
Iva Brooks gave to others unselfishly. She lived in the freedoms of a simple life through hard work, discipline and dedicated concern for others. She felt most useful when she was aiding in the needs of other people, according to family and friends. She delighted in her children and grandchildren by doing whatever she could to prepare them for their own future. Her aim was to teach them the basic principles of life.
Iva Brooks died on July 24, 2005 at the age of 87.
Brooks was not a lazy person by any means, according to family members. Earlier in her life when living on the family dairy, she milked the cows by hand, kept two gardens of large size, branded cattle, canned, baked and raised two children.
Later on in her life, she successfully raised the bar in her own families expectations towards education. One of the greatest accomplishments of Brooks’ life was watching her children receive master’s degrees in their own educational areas.
Brooks had wisdom in many areas of her life. She was the type of person that was attentive when it came to modesty. According to Linda Custer, Iva Brooks’ daughter, her mother was concerned about dressing and behaving modestly because she wanted to teach her children to obey the principles of God and live by them.
When it came to marriage advice, Custer said her mother had the best advice of all. “When you get married, quit looking.”
Iva Brooks was born on June 15, 1918, around Causey and Lingo.
She grew up in the Emzy-Lingo area and went to school near there. She met her husband, Britt Brooks, after a brief stay in the hospital. They were married six months later on June 9, 1940, in Rogers. They ran a dairy farm for many years. They retired in the mid-1970’s and moved to Portales in 1989.
She was a member of the Dora Church of Christ for many years. After moving to Portales, she attended the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ. She enjoyed baking, socializing, playing ‘42, sewing, crocheting, gardening and being a mother and grandmother.
What was mentioned most about Brooks was her cooking talent. Though she was more of an outdoors person and considered a jack-of-all-trades, she was just as talented indoors as she was outdoors, according to family and friends.
Brooks loved sweets and expressed her love to others through her baking skills. When she attended a gathering she always brought either a cherry cobbler, a coconut or chocolate pie. She took great delight when the gathering was over and her pie pan was near empty.
Long time neighbor and friend Joann Blakey said Brooks was dependable and always there when she needed her.
“She was a wonderful person,” Blakey said. “We lived half a mile from each other and one day I had a grass fire and little children and she was right there to help out. I could count on her,” Blakey said. “She even watched the clouds for me and would give me a call when a storm was coming. She made sure I had everything I needed.”