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Lou Ella Brooks, 81, of Lexington Park died peacefully Feb. 7, 2013, at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

Born Dec. 22, 1931, in Tennille, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Jeff and Osie Mae Duggans.

She was a faithful member as well as first lady of St. Luke and St. Mark UAME churches for more than 40 years. She served as president of the local missionary society of St. Luke and St. Mark churches. She was a member of Fidelity Chapter 60 Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of various auxiliaries within the churches.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, the Rev. Rudy C. Brooks; two sons, Jimmie L. Brooks and Johnnie L. Brooks (Lillie); six girls, Pearl L. Brooks, Rena M. Smith, Mary H. Brooks, Osie M. Shade, Sarah L. Brooks and Ruby L. Thompson (Francis); one sister, Wynonia Duggans; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; two godchildren; and one sister-in-law, Helen H.

She loved her family and her church family. She will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at St. Marks’ UAME Church in Valley Lee. Interment will take place at the church cemetery. The Rev. Andrew Fulton will officiate; the Rev. Henry Briscoe will serve as eulogist. A repast will be held at the Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad building in Valley Lee.

Arrangements are being handled by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home in Mechanicsville.