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Mary Jean Brooks Brock died Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Springfield, MO where she was born and lived for a full and happy 93 years.
The only child of May Mote Brooks and Andrew Johnson Brooks, she was born on April 4, 1924. She lived on North Broadway in Springfield in a typical depression era household with grandparents, parents and aunts until she was 12 years old. Every weekend, she and her parents would travel to Marshfield, MO to visit her paternal grandmother, Martha Johnson Brooks, widow of Mary Jean’s grandfather who died days before she was born, Dr. Andrew Johnson Brooks. Although she never knew him, Mrs. Brock held lifelong pride for Dr. Brooks who graduated from what is now Washington University Medical School and who saw patients in his Marshfield office and traveled on horseback to others who could not come into town.
Mrs. Brock attended Central High School, then Springfield Senior High School, where she was a proud member and drum captain of the Kiltie Drum Corp and where at age 16 she met her true love, Phillip C. Brock. She attended Southwest Missouri State, now Missouri State University.
She and Mr. Brock were married in 1944. Together they and their four children were the center of a large extended family of grandparents, great-grandparents and great-aunts and uncles, all of whom lived in Springfield and were the beneficiaries of fun, happy holiday events hosted by Mrs. Brock.
Mrs. Brock was a longtime member of Campbell Avenue Methodist Church where she and Mr. Brock were married on September 24, 1944. She and Mr. Brock were among the first 50 members of Twin Oaks Country Club, founding members of Le Soirre Dance Club and members of numerous private bridge and supper clubs in Springfield.
Preceded in death by her husband of 69 1/2 years, Mrs. Brock is survived by her four children, Sherry, Sandy, Sunday and Stephen, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Survivors include Sherry Brock Delo (Jack) of St. Louis and their daughters Stacey Brooks Delo Madway (Gabe) and children, Rory and Toby; Carrice Brock Delo McKenna (Mark), and children, Finnegan and Tucker, all of San Francisco, CA; Sandra Jean Brock and daughters Amy Anderson Simmons (Marshal), and children Riley Jean and Brock; Billie Jean Anderson Woods (John), and children Embrey and Violet, all of Kansas City; Sunday Brock Molen (Ron) of Hilton Head, SC and children, Matthew Roberts (Paige) of Kansas City, and Marne Molen Hartman (Andy), and children Madelyn Brooks and Cooper of Toledo, OH; Stephen Brock, Springfield, and children Christopher (Sonja) and children, Lilly and Hadley; and Lauren Brock Merritt (Matt) all of Dallas, TX.
The Brock children extend warm and thankful gratitude to Hall 200 staff at Elfindale Manor for the exceptional care and attention given to their mother.
Services will be held at 2:30 pm at Gorman-Scharpf on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Following the service a celebration of life will be held at the home of the son. Burial will be private at Eastlawn Cemetery
Published in the News-Leader from May 15 to May 17, 2017