Miriam Brooks, 93

1918 - Dec. 12, 2012
Miriam Brooks, 93

    Miriam Brooks, known as Mim, died on Dec. 12, two days shy of her 94th birthday. She had moved from East Hampton to Binghamton, N.Y., in 2008, and lived most recently in Elizabeth Church Manor, a nursing home there.
    Born in Trenton, N.J., in 1918, the daughter of Marion and Bertram Thompson, she graduated from Trenton High School and went to work as a telephone switchboard operator.
    In New Jersey, she met her future husband, Amasa (Bill) Brooks, and they were wed on April 1, 1939. She came to live in East Hampton with his parents, Lillian and Edward Brooks, while her husband served in the Coast Guard during World War II. After he died, she lived here with her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Olivia Brooks.
    She was very active in the East Hampton Methodist Church, serving on its altar guild committee and working on numerous church fairs, where she was in charge of the baked goods table. Her brownies were legendary, her family said.
    She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge, served as a Brownie troop leader, and helped manage her husband’s plumbing business. She loved to play cards with a group of good friends.
    The matriarch of a loving family, she sewed clothes for her granddaughters and played cards and board games with them whenever possible, as well as sharing games of croquet and visits to feed the ducks at the East Hampton Nature Trail. Later, her great-grandchildren supplied her with pictures, drawings, and crafts, which she proudly displayed.
    She left East Hampton in January five years ago to move to an assisted living facility at St. Louise Manor in Binghamton, where her daughter, Kim Bain, lives.
    Besides Ms. Bain and Mr. Brooks, Ms. Brooks is survived by another daughter, Jacqueline Mitchell of Marion, Ohio, and by six grandchildren. She leaves five great-grandchildren.
    She was cremated. A memorial service will be held in East Hampton at a later date.
    The family has suggested memorial contributions to St. Louise Manor/Quality of Life Funds, 861 Front Street, Binghamton N.Y. 13905, or to the East Hampton Methodist Church, 35 Pantigo Road, East Hampton 11937.