BROOKS, Lena M. (Greenlaw)

Lena M. (Greenlaw) Brooks, 87, of Beacon Hill Drive in Southbury passed away on June 13, 2018, at home.

Lena was born in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada on June 27, 1930; she was the daughter of the late John Vincent and Hazel Marion Greenlaw.

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Lena graduated from St. Andrews High School in 1946 and worked for the local telephone company as a switchboard operator. Lena moved to Saint John, New Brunswick in the early 1950’s to enter the nurses training program at Saint John General Hospital graduating in 1953. She married Frank M. Brooks of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada on April 6, 1954. They were married for over 60 years until Frank’s death in December 2014.

Frank and Lena emigrated to the United Sates in the summer of 1955 settling in Norwalk, Connecticut, later moving to Danbury, Connecticut and to Eliot, Maine in 1979. Lena and her husband Frank became naturalized citizens of the United States on January 17, 1969. Lena worked as a retail sales representative at Porteous Department Store in Newington, New Hampshire until her retirement in 1997.

Lena is survived by her brother George Greenlaw of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, sons Wallis H. Brooks of Southbury, Connecticut, and Stephen F. Brooks of York, Maine, her daughter Marilyn Mann of Sydney, Maine, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Lena was predeceased by her son John David of Eliot, Maine, her brothers Jewitt Greenlaw of Los Angeles, California and Wiiliam Greenlaw of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; her sister Inez Holmes of St. George, New Brunswick, Canada, and two grandsons Zachary and Matthew Brooks of York, Maine.

Funeral arrangements are private. The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Waterbury, 496 Chase Ave, 06704, is assisting the family with arrangements. In Lieu of flowers, donations in Lena’s name may be made to the Hartford Healthcare at Home Hospice Care, 1290 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT 06109. To view these arrangements online, share a condolence, or an online photo, please visit www.fordfh.com.