Obituary: BROOKS, ALICE PACE COOK

Published: Friday, Aug. 1 2014 10:32 a.m. MDT

Alice Pace Cook Brooks15 Oct. 1924 ~ 6 Dec. 2011Alice Pace Cook Brooks was born on October 15, 1924 in Neola, Utah to Ira and Daisy (Bracken) Pace. Her mom died when she was about five-years-old. After a difficult childhood she left Neola at the age of fourteen to move to Salt Lake City to live on her own. She found work as a waitress and lived in a room at the back of the restaurant. While working there, she caught the eye of one of the regular customers, Mick Cook. They were married on November 4, 1941. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. The two eventually made their home in Holladay, Utah and had five sons. Alice was left a widow in 1967. Five years later in 1974, she married Barney Brooks who also preceded her in death.Alice was a woman of great inner strength. Her sons drew on that strength especially after the death of their father. She was a stabilizing force in their home. She enjoyed square dancing, gardening, golfing, doing beautiful handiwork and traveling. She loved the years that she spent going to Wellton, Arizona to live during the winter months. Alice had a great gift for making friends. She loved people and people loved her. She could stand in line at the grocery store and by the time she checked out, she would know the names of the children and grandchildren of the people behind her. She has friends all over the country. Her grandchildren adored her. She always had cake and ice-cream when they came to visit. It was a challenge for their parents to get them to leave because they always had so much fun. Sometimes she would have to bribe them with a lollipop to get them into the car. Alice was a member of the LDS church and served in many callings. She was especially fond of teaching children and was presented a 25-year service pin in the Primary organization.Alice is preceded in death by two sons, Bob Cook (Kathie) and Gerald Cook. She is survived by three sons, George Cook (Betty) of Idaho Falls, Doug Cook (Linda) of Orem and Rex Cook (Chyrrel) of Sandy, as well as many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to extend a special "thanks" to the Highland Care Center for the kind and gentle manner in which the nurses and aides attended to Alice's needs. It brought great comfort not only to Alice, but to all of us who love her so much. A viewing will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Valley View 3rd Ward, 4101 S. 1925 E. from 11:00 to 12:30. Funeral services will be at 12:30 with interment at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 Highland Drive, SLC.