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Reita Earle Brooks

May 8, 1919 August 19, 2012
Reita Earle Brooks
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St. Albans - Reita Earle Brooks was called home on Sunday, August 19, 2012, at the tender age of 93. Reita was born on May 8, 1919 to Cady and Anna Earle in Essex Junction, VT. She was a lifelong resident of St. Albans and spent many happy winters in Venice, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Allen Brooks and her sister, Eunice Many. Reita is survived by her twin sister, Ruth Cole, who lives in Venice, FL. She leaves two sons and a daughter, and their spouses: Robert and Susan Brooks, Spencer and Donna Brooks, and Bonnie & Thomas Mongeon. Her grandchildren and their spouses include Tory & Virginia Mongeon, Heidi and Scott Gilley, Garth & Jodi Brooks, Lorelee & Terry Wilson, Tayt Brooks and Keely Brooks & Bob McCall. She was preceded in death by her beautiful grandson, Kyndle Mongeon. Reita cherished ten great grandchildren: Bryce, Quinn and Keira Mongeon, Rylan and Kyndra Gilley, Evelyn Wilson, Sean, Emilee & Ryan Teague and, due in November, Addyson Brooks. She was also blessed with nieces Lee Wasson and Lynn Davidson, and nephews Cady, Malcom and Tom Cole. Reita was President of A.R. Brooks and Sons, a 5th generation farm awarded ‘Century Farm’, one of the oldest in the town of St. Albans. She loved life, enjoyed her family and friends, and was always supportive of those around her. She was active and very social. Reita’s late grandson, Kyndle, described his grandmother some 30 years ago in an elementary school assignment in a way that helps to understand her special character, paraphrased here: My Grandmother is a very interesting person. Her life revolves around happiness. She is in her sixties, has blond hair, blue eyes and a pleasant appearance. From the way she looks you can tell she lives a stylish life. My Grandmother also enjoys many hobbies. She swims and rides her bike almost every day. She likes both of these activities but her favorite pastime is cross-stitching. Her latest accomplishment was a decorated quilt. Presently she is learning to play the organ and someday she will probably excel at that, too. My Grandmother is a person who likes to do her own thing. Sometimes she has to argue with my Grandfather to do it. Her actions speak for themselves. She is known to act on impulse but she is also sensitive to my Grandfather’s feelings. On the whole, my Grandmother is a kind-hearted person who enjoys people. As you can see, people enjoy her. Reita did learn to play the organ and continued to cross-stitch into her 90’s. In later years she enjoyed playing bingo with friends and visiting her grandchildren. She always had a gleam in her eye and was looking for her next adventure. She is with the Lord now and we celebrate her life. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Saturday, August 25, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street. A funeral service will then be held on Saturday at 3:00 PM in the Heald Chapel. In celebration of Reita’s life, gifts may be made to the Kyndle O. Mongeon Scholarship Fund, Bellows Free Academy, Attn: Shirley Raymond, 71 S. Main Street, St. Albans, Vermont 05478. Private messages of condolence are welcome at

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