Margaret W. "Margie" Brooks, homemaker

Margaret W. "Margie" Brooks, a homemaker, volunteer and avid gardener, died Dec. 28 of a cerebral hemorrhage at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 93.

The daughter of an insurance executive and a homemaker, Margaret Eloise Wells was born in Syracuse, N.Y., and was 6 when her family moved to Roland Park.

She attended Roland Park Country School and graduated in 1937 from Western High School. After earning a teaching degree from what is now Towson University in 1941, she taught for four years at St. Paul's School.

She was married in 1945 to Rodney J. Brooks Jr., an insurance executive who later became managing partner of Tongue, Brooks & Co. on St. Paul Place. He died in 2001.

For years until moving to the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson five years ago, she lived on Hollins Avenue near Lake Roland.

Mrs. Brooks enjoyed spending hours working in her greenhouse and roaming the woods looking for new plants for her large wildflower bed.

She was also a student of the stock market, art history, painting and current events. She liked playing bridge and had been a member of the Renaissance Institute at Notre Dame of Maryland University.

"She would often say, 'Your brain is a muscle. If you don't use it, you lose it,' " said her son, Rodney J. Brooks III of Ruxton.

Mrs. Brooks was a member of the Homeland Garden Club and had been a docent at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Historical Society and the Walters Art Museum.

She also volunteered at the Maryland School for the Blind, Children's Aid Society, Sheppard Pratt and Union Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Brooks enjoyed playing golf and tennis, and she competed in the Maryland Senior Olympics, where she earned medals for the backstroke and set state records, her son said.

She was a member of Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave., where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Brooks is survived by three daughters, Margaret Pilachowski of Stoneleigh, Carolyn Brooks of Jarrettsville and Laura Brooks of Columbia; and nine grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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