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In Memoriam: Betty Ruth Gaines Brooks

Betty Ruth Gaines Brooks, 79 of Mexico, died Monday, July 13, 2009. Betty was born Nov. 15, 1929 in Mexico to Lester and Ora Kettle Gaines. Private services will be held at a later date. On May 16, 1957 she and Church B. Brooks were married. Mr. Brooks survives at the home. Betty was involved in Genealogy for 50+ years. Having helped to rewrite and update the “Boone” family history, start the Boone Reunion of Montgomery County, Mo. in 1978, she found many missing links for others looking for their ancestors all over the world. She was the host of nine different county Web sites for others in search of information. She was a member of The National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, National Society Sons & Daughters of the Pilgrims, The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century. She had in past years held several offices in the Missouri State Genealogy Society also. She was always willing and glad to help anyone find that missing link. She will be sadly missed by her husband, Church; sisters, Vivian Byrd and Gayle (Bill) Mattox; several nieces and nephews, and all that knew her. Betty was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Edward E. Shay III.

From the Mexico Missouri Ledger

Death Notice

Betty Ruth Brooks, 79, of Mexico, died Monday, July 13, 2009. She is being cremated and there will be no services held at this time. Arrangements are under Columbia Cremation Care Center.

From the Mexico Missouri Ledger

Our dear Betty was TNGenWeb’s Benton County, Haywood County, and Obion County Tennessee Coordinator. She was also a TNGenWeb Project Executive Board member and our Membership Secretary. Requiescat in Pace.

From a posting to

It is with a very sad heart that I learn of Betty’s death. I have the privilege of working with Betty Brooks for almost nine years on the Callaway County Missouri Journal website, which eventually was moved to the MOGenWeb organization of websites about six years ago. I could not have found a better and more able teacher for the history and genealogy that we have worked on so diligently for so long. Betty’s efforts were not simply limited to Callaway County; but were duplicated in Audrain, Montgomery, Saline, Warren and several other Missouri Counties as well as sites in Tennessee and a MOPOC site associated with MOGenWeb. Her efforts in history/genealogy will be long remembered when her name has faded into the past. I will say that it has been an honor and a privilege working with Betty who gave her all for a cause that she strongly believed in.

She will be missed.

Sincerely yours,
Wayne Johnson