Deanna Mae Brooks, 79, passed away Thursday, September 29, 2022 at Calais Community Hospital. Deanna was born at home in Robbinston on March 22, 1943, daughter of Lester and Melva (Allen) Morrell.
Deanna attended school in Robbinston and Calais, and on September 11, 1959 she married Merrill Brooks. She worked in housekeeping for Redclyffe Shore Motel until Merrill enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1961. They moved to Mississippi where she worked in the cafeteria at the Airman’s Club. Following his service they returned to Robbinston and Deanna became a C.N.A. for the Calais Hospital and Barnard’s Nursing Home. After several years, Deanna and Merrill returned to Mississippi where they eventually spent winters while summering in Robbinston. In her younger years, Deanna enjoyed playing darts and bowling. Family was everything to Deanna, especially her children and grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Deanna was predeceased by an infant daughter Julie Katherine Brooks; brother Charles Morrell Sr.; sister Carolyn Ann Morrell; nephews Charles Morrell Jr., Michael Morrell, and Steven Morrell; great-niece Carrianna Massey; two sisters-in-law Rita and Muriel; and brother-in-law Alfred. Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Merrill Brooks; two children, Gregory Brooks and wife Gina of Biloxi, MS, and Rebecca Becnel and husband Chad of Vancleave, MS; four grandchildren, Katie Mae Cox and husband Bennett of Ft. Hood, TX, Jacob Brooks and fiancé Zoe Penttila of Litchfield, ME, Joshua Becnel of Vancleave, MS, and Grace Becnel and fiancé Lee Michael Mayfield Jr. of Vancleave, MS; a great-grandson Carson Cox; four brothers, James Morrell and wife Debra of Robbinston, ME, Stanley Morrell and wife Deborah of Robbinston, ME, Stephen Morrell of Bowdoinham, ME, and Ernest Morrell and wife Janice of Calais, ME; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John Brooks, Barbara Brooks, Gerald and Loretta Watt, Stuart Murphy, Daniel and Melissa Murphy, Joan Brooks, and Marian Murphy; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.