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Shelley V. Brooks 1954 - 2016
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Shelley V. Brooks 1954 - 2016

INDEPENDENCE — Shelley V. Brooks, 62, passed away April 15, 2016, at home surrounded by family. Born March 27, 1954, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Maurice and Ramona (Hall) Tefft. She attended and graduated from Great Bend schools in 1972. After graduation, she moved to Kansas City. She worked for Arthur Murray Dance Studio, where she eventually met her husband. Shelley married Bruce Brooks on Feb. 9, 1980, in Kansas City, Mo. The couple made their home in Independence where Shelley was very involved with the First Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Women. She also served on a variety of committees for Neewollah. Shelley was employed by Dr. Gary L. Beaver, OD for 23 years until her health declined. Shelley enjoyed reading and all types of dancing, but especially ballroom dancing. She also loved following KU basketball and the Kansas City Royals.
Shelley was preceded in death by her father, and her father-in-law, Byron Brooks. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband Bruce, of the home; two daughters, Erin Brooks of Washington D.C. and Megan Brooks of Olathe; her mother, Ramona Tefft of Wichita; a sister, Maureen (David) Henning, of Wichita; mother-in-law, Julia Brooks of Lawrence; and two brothers-in-law, Mark (Susie) Brooks, of Overbrook, and Carl (Nancy) Brooks, of Olathe.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church. Visitation with the family will be at 1 p.m. at the church. Following the memorial service the family will greet visitors at the church manse. Friends may sign the guestbook from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday at Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Cancer Center of Kansas, or Pathways to Housing in Washington D.C. and may be left with the Chapel. To leave a special message for the family visit

Funeral arrangements provided by
Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory**
306 W Main
Independence, KS  67301
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, April 21, 2016