Elizabeth Charlene Brooks(nee Alley), 79, of Rural Retreat, VA passed away surrounded by her loved ones on July 10, 2019 at her Oak Park Residence.
Born 1940, in Ivanhoe, VA, she was the 6th of 7 children. After relocating to Rural Retreat, VA, she met the love of her life and future husband. Together they moved to Chicago in 1958 to make a home and start a family of their own. Charlene loved and embraced everything Chicago had to offer, from her beloved Cubs to her career at Amtrak. Her favorite thing to do, however, was spend time with and entertain her family and loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her parents Roscoe and Eva Alley; her doting husband Kenneth; her son Kenneth “Dale"; brothers Russell, Gaylord, and Drayton; sister Betty Lou; and grandson Kenneth.
Charlene is survived by daughters Lois Olsen(Donald), Terri Stark(Gary), Lisa Evans, and Darlene Jones(David); daughter-in-law LuAnn; sister Margie; brother Jackie; grandchildren Veronica Neideffer(Danie), Steven Stark, Jennifer Ranney, Eddie Ranney, Danielle Frutiger(Eric), Samantha Olsen, Xavier Evans, Mariah Evans, Jessica Gotham(Bill), Justian Jones, and Jonathon Jones. Also surviving are 11 great-grandchildren, many beloved nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the American Stroke Association.