Bessie J. Brooks

Wood River | Wednesday, July 17 2013

Bessie J. Brooks, 83, passed away at 12:20 am on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at VIP Manor in Wood River. 


She was born on March 15, 1930 in Alton, IL, the daughter of Charles and Luella (Herrin) Warren. 

She married William H. Brooks on May 25, 1966 at Ivy Heights.  He preceded her in death on May 30, 1994. 

Bessie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother with many jobs over the years.  She worked as a CNA at the Alton State Hospital, Burt’s Shelter Care in Alton and Troy Memorial Hospital in Troy, MO and she had worked as a cosmetologist. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of East Alton. She loved playing and winning at bingo, country music and was an Elvis fan. 

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Donald and Lynn Schien of NY, NY, Wilma Warren of Bethalto, Linda and Kenny Summer of Girard, IL, Woody and Kathie Daugherty of Wood River, Sue Brawley of Hartford, Dennis and Lisa Daugherty of Wood River and Debbie and Terry Schoonover of East Alton; eighteen grandchildren,  nineteen great grandchildren; one great, great grandchild; two brothers, Morris Warren of Jerseyville and Louis Warren of Shipman; a sister, Juanita Williamson and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Floyd “Ozzie” Warren and Howard Warren.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until services at 11:00 am Friday July 19, 2013 at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens Chapel in Bethalto.

Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto. 

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences can be found at

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Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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