Brooksie Estes Turner
Age: 89 years
A resident of Vienna and a former resident of Grantsburg, IL.
Passed away Saturday morning, August 11, 2012, at 11 AM at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky.
Brooksie was born March 27, 1923 in Herrin, Illinois. She was the daughter of William D. & Violet (Slankard) Simmons. Since her father was employed by the railroad, Brooksie was proud of the fact that she was born in a boxcar.
Brooksie was united in marriage to Charles Estes, Jr. on September 25, 1937 in Paducah, Kentucky. He preceded her in death on August 29, 1973. She was later united in marriage to Elmer Riley Turner on September 24, 1982. He preceded her in death on May 11, 1999.
Her Daughter – Betty Mathis, and her husband Tommy, of Vienna, IL
Granddaughters – Tamri Huckelberry of Metropolis, IL
Sheila Reichert, and her husband Rick, of Vienna, IL
Christy Kennedy, and her husband Michael, of Metropolis, IL
A Stepson – Jerry Turner, and his wife Geraldine, of Carrier Mills, IL
3 Step Daughters – Nadine Sims of Marion, IL
Diane Parks, and her husband Charles, of Stonefort, IL
Judy Turner of Golconda, IL
4 Step Grandchildren – Steve Shaw of Pittsburg, IL
Dexter Parks of Stonefort, IL
Brian Turner, and his wife Angie, of Springfield, IL
Kim Farthing, and her husband David, of Carrier Mills, IL
Several Step Great Grandchildren
2 Brothers – Sam Simmons, and his wife Imogene, of Vienna, IL
Lee Simmons of Carterville, IL
A Sister – Rosemary Hight, and her husband Larry, of Anna, IL
Nieces, Nephews, other relatives & many dear friends
In addition to her husbands, Brooksie was preceded in death by:
Her Father – William D. Simmons
Her Mother – Violet Simmons Wallace
Her Step Father – Jim Wallace
An infant daughter – Myrna June Estes
A Step Grandson – Mike Shaw
3 Brothers – Harry Simmons, Thomas Simmons & Charles David “Bub” Wallace
Brooksie was a homemaker. She had also been employed as a clerk at the former Bullock’s Grocery in Grantsburg and the P.N. Hirsch Store in Vienna. Brooksie had also worked as an attendant at the Mount Shelter Care Home and as a housemother at the Mooseheart residential childcare facility. Through the years, Brooksie also provided housekeeping and childcare for a number of families, including the Housewright and Bullock families. She was proud to be an “honorary grandmother” to Brent and Brandon Bullock.
Brooksie was a member of the Belknap Pentecostal Church and had been a member of the former Grantsburg Baptist Church. She was also a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Along with her husband Riley, Brooksie enjoyed trail riding in the Shawnee National Forest and driving their wagon with a team of mules. She was devoted to her family and loved spending time visiting and enjoying family dinners. Brooksie also enjoyed the company of neighbors and friends. She especially cherished the time she spent with her granddaughters.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon, August 14, 2012, at 1 PM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Pastor Kenneth Capps will officiate.
Burial will be in the Wartrace Cemetery, west of Grantsburg.
Visitation will be from 11 AM – 1 PM Tuesday at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4503 W. DeYoung St., Suite 200C, Marion, IL 62959 or to the Heather Harper Treat Memorial Cancer Fund, PO Box 98, Vienna, IL 62995.