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Marjorie E. Stokes, of Nokomis, Illinois, passed away peacefully at her home on October 22, 2023. Born on October 9, 1938, in Gillespie, Illinois, she was the daughter of William Thomas and Geneva LaVonne (Cox) Miller. Marjorie was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister, whose love and kindness will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Marjorie was a proud 1956 graduate of Nokomis High School. Her strong work ethic and dedication led her to manage Long John's Silver for many years and at several different locations. She also owned and operated Donuts, Etc. in Springfield and J&M Cafe in Mechanicsburg. Her dedication to her work was only surpassed by her dedication to her family.
In 1957, Marjorie married Everett Brooks, and they were blessed with four children, Christine Ann, Russell Wayne, Thomas Edward, and Nancy Ellen. Later in life, Marjorie found love again and married Oral Stokes, who preceded her in death. Marjorie was a devout member of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Oconee. Her faith was an important part of her life, and she brought the same level of commitment and love to her church community as she did to her family. In her free time, Marjorie enjoyed a variety of hobbies. She was an excellent cook, and her family will fondly remember the delicious meals she prepared for them. Marjorie was also skilled in crocheting and embroidering, often creating beautiful pieces for her loved ones. She had a green thumb and loved spending time in her garden. An avid hunter, Marjorie was not afraid to venture into the great outdoors.
Marjorie leaves behind a legacy of love and family. She is survived by her daughter, Christine (John) Hood of Dawson; son, Thomas Brooks of Nokomis; grandchildren, Bobby (Nicole) Hood, Brian (Kaitlyn) Hood, Becky Brooks, Brittney Brooks, Nathan Brooks, Natasha (Eric) Eskra, Niccole Trusty, and Janis (Chris) Tom; and great-grandchildren, Bailey, Brody, Ramsey, Anna, Ryett, Damian, Branson, Braden, Topanga, Sebastian, Elizabeth, Ethan, Eli, and Carter. She also leaves behind her sisters, Betty Ann Burrus, Jeannie (Wiley) Mays, and Julie (Bill) Helm, along with several nieces and nephews.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, her son Russell Brooks, her daughter Nancy Brooks, her granddaughter Jennifer Brooks, and her sisters, Mabel Waggoner, and Mary Kautz.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2023, in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville with Pastor Edmund Hill officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow in Rockford Cemetery in Clarksburg. Memorials may be made in Marjorie’s name to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association and mailed to Lockart-Green Funeral Home, 302 W. Main St., Shelbyville, IL 62565. Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville is assisting the family.
Family and friends are invited to light a candle or share a story at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com.
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