Isabell Brookins

isabell brookins
Isabell Brookins, age 92 of New Hampton, IA passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at her home in New Hampton. Isabell Pearl Emma Drewelow Brookins was born November 22, 1919 to Herman O. and Elizabeth Linneman Drewelow near Boyd, IA, Chickasaw County. She attended school, kindergarten through 8th grade in a rural school. Isabell was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Boyd. She worked in various homes as a housekeeper. On April 13, 1940, she was united in marriage to Robert Emmett Brookins. To this union eight children were born. Through the years Isabell worked side-by-side with her husband with the farm operation, and years later in farm tile drainage, until she suffered multiple heart attacks and underwent open heart surgery on her 53rd birthday. Isabell thanked God for her most useful and needed birthday present. As a mother of eight, she saw to getting her children to Sunday school and church. She prepared for them to go to camp through Sunday school and also to Rural Bible Crusade Camp in Story City. Isabell accepted the Lord and was baptized by emersion on April 18, 1954 becoming a member of First Baptist Church in Cresco, IA and in July of 1995 a member of First Baptist Church of New Hampton. She helped out during Bible School at times. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary of Henry Pinch Unit # 104 in Cuba City, WI and helped in the kitchen at the Senior Citizen Centers in Cuba City, WI, Searcy, AR and New Hampton. Isabell had always raised a large garden and canned much of the food for winter to feed her family, until 1979 when the heat became too much for her. When trouble or problems occurred, she headed for her garden where she worked and talked with the Lord. She found great joy, comfort and strength there among God’s creations. Isabell is survived by her children, Valerie (Ed) Pettit of Corallville, IA, Arthur (Doris) Brookins of Chatfield, MN, Roger (Elaine) Brookins of Cresco, IA, Judy Brookins of Plattville, WI, JoAnn (Special Friend, Ron) Brookins of Ionia, IA, Joseph (Georgie) Brookins of Ellendale, MN, Alberta “Birdie” (John) Linneman of Mt. Hope, WI and Bonnie Brookins of Washington, IA; 37 grandchildren, 87 great-grandchildren, 27 great-great grandchildren; one brother, Francis Drewelow of New Hampton; one sister, Ruth Weeks of Mission, TX a several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; her brothers, Oliver, Lyle and Robert; Her sisters, Leanor Schuchhardt, Bernice Ochala, Gladys Natvig, Eileen Bernard and Rose Marie Stevenson. Cemetery: Burial will be in New Oregon Cemetery in Cresco, IA following the funeral luncheon on Saturday. Memorials may be directed to the family Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00pm on Friday, October 12, 2012 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Funeral services for Isabell will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton with Pastor Corey Brookins officiating.

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  1. My condolences to Mrs. Bookins family. I have heard so many stories of good memories from Clifton Dawley and Family. I am sure Grandma Bookins will be greatly missed.

  2. My condolences go out to your entire family. May good memories about your mother/grandmother live in your hearts forever.
    God bless you all.

  3. My thoughts and prayers go out to all Loved ones.
    Grandma, you will be missed very much but as of now I see the Lord Jesus walking by your side through the Gates of Heaven. You meet GOD on his Throne, I see you receive your “Beautiful Peal Wings”


  4. We are sorry for your loss, but rejoice in her gain. Our prayers and God’s grace are with you. Philippians 1:21

  5. We, me, my wife family and my Brothers Jim and Les are so sorry for the loss of our Aunt Isabell, she is greatly missed by us all.

  6. What a lovely tribute. I wish I had gotten to know your Mother, Val. She and you are very special people. Love you so very very much. God bless you my dear friend.

  7. I am so sorry for your loss, your family is in my prayers, If there is anything I can do for you all let me know.

  8. My condolenses to your family. Isabell is leaving a large, loving legacy in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. May God bless you all.

  9. Sending my condolences to all of the family of Isabell. It has been a long time since I have seen many of you but I have many fond memories of growing up next door. Your mom was always so sweet and such a hard worker. Keeping you in my prayers. Elaine

  10. Praise God Isabell is home with the Lord. It sounds like she was a wonderful lady and had a very full life abundantly blessed.

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