Darlene Gae (Brooks) Leiby


Mrs. Darlene Gae (Brooks) Leiby, age 80, passed peacefully away with all of her children by her side on Monday, September 29, 2014 at Pine River Healthcare Center in St. Louis, Michigan.  Darlene was born in Vestaburg, Michigan on February 26, 1934, the daughter of Charles and Arva (Bailey) Corder .  She was raised in the Vestaburg area and graduated from Vestaburg High School with the class of 1952. 


Darlene married Arthur Brooks on May 1, 1954.  Darlene worked 42 years at Oxford Manufacturing (Lobdell Emery) in Alma and retired in 1994.  She was a member of the Vestaburg Church of Christ.  Darlene loved spending time with her family, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. 


Darlene, preferring to live a humble but full life in Vestaburg, was a hardworking loving mother, “father” and soul provider as she raised her three children:  Karen (Jerry) Sparks of Alpena, Lonnie (Lori) Brooks of Shepherd and Bryon Brooks of Vestaburg; five grandchildren: Amber Brooks, Lacey (Todd) Gepford, Rorik Brooks, Tony Brooks and Kari Brooks; and great- grandchildren:  Rhiannon, Kirrah, Lydia, Zyan, Zadok, Aslyn  and great great grandchildren: Mila and Malachi and step-children:  Mitch, Larry and Mike Leiby, Michelle Oser and Lori Leiby.


Darlene was the one pillar and foundation of her children’s lives as she raised them unselfishly.  Choosing not to marry another man until her children were grown, she then married Melvin in 1982.  She enjoyed taking peaceful walks through town and enjoyed coffee time with her friend Lonna.

“Our beautiful mother was truly our hero.”


Darlene was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Arva;  her husband, Melvin; her sisters:  Fern Frisbie, Joyce Hilding, Lela Archambault, Ethel House and Arlene Woodard. 


A funeral service to honor and celebrate the life of Darlene has been scheduled for Friday, October 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Vestaburg Church of Christ, 7289 Avenue B, Vestaburg with Pastor Tom McNerney and  Pastor Richard Jolliff officiating.  The family will receive friends and extended family members at a visitation scheduled for Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 4 to 8 at Brigham Funeral Chapel, 6055 Howard City-Edmore Road, Vestaburg and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, October 3 (one hour prior to the service) at the church.  Interment will be in Richland Township Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Darlene’s name may be made payable to:  Pine River Health Center in St. Louis.


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    Our condolences to your entire family. Patti and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. A memorial contribution, in Darlene's name, will be made to Pine River Health Center. Bob & Patti

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