DALE - Joan Dolores Brooks died on Oct. 21, 2007, at the age of 67.

Visitation is scheduled from 2-6 p.m., today at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton. A funeral service will be held at the Ukiah Senior Center at 10 a.m. on Thursday in Ukiah. Interment will follow at Ritter Cemetery with a reception at the home of Cecil and Nancy Swaggart.

Mrs. Brooks was born on June 6, 1940 in Bend to Rolland and Elma Culbertson.

She valued education all of her life, obtaining a bachelor's degree in english and a master's degree in education from the University of Oregon. She taught primarily in the Springfield Public School system for 23 years.

Mrs. Brooks had an adventurous spirit and traveled to the Middle East and China, and also spent a summer at Oxford University in England. Music was always a big part of her life and she gained a reputation as a respected classical pianist.

She married Darwin Brooks in 1996 and they retired together, building a beautiful home on the North Fork of the John Day River.

In 1994, Mrs. Brooks, who was adopted, was reunited with her birth family and enjoyed a wonderful relationship with her five newly-discovered brothers and sisters, as well as an extended family.

Mrs. Brooks is survived by her husband; daughter Sima Thorpe of Spokane, Wash.; sons Saffa Tarzaban of Renton, Wash., and Ron Fite of Deer Island, Wash.; four stepchildren, and 10 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Brook's name to the Susan B. Komen Foundation.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.


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