Vella Susan Brooks

July 29, 1923October 24, 2018

Vella Susan Brooks (nee Stoops), 95, of St. Charles, MO passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. She is preceded in death by her husband, Preston P. Brooks; a daughter, Denise “Dennie” Brooks; grandsons, Jimmy Powers and Gregory Branstetter; 2 brothers and 6 sisters. Vella is survived by her children, Sharon (Bob) Walters, Jean Schell, Douglas Brooks, and Debbie (Mike) Seagraves; grandchildren, Tim Powers, Steven (Jaime) Branstetter, Nikki (Jay) Chapman, and Stacie (Gary) Beatman; 9 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. Vella was a dear aunt, cousin, and friend to many.

Vella was a very kind-hearted and generous lady who always put others needs ahead of her own, and loved being around her family and friends. In the early 60’s, Vella was in charge of Teen Town in Overland—a venue where teens would socialize and dance. She also taught swimming lessons at Legion Park and ran BINGO at the Legion Hall. Vella loved to cook and even after her vision began to fail, she still maintained her own senior apartment until age 94, where she continued to enjoy cooking and spending time with her friends playing card games & Bingo. She also loved to be taken to the casino, to play a few slot games. She was a member of the Optimist Club and retired from Alco Valve (now Emerson Electric). Vella’s life and good deeds will be forever remembered by her family and her light will never fade.

Friends may visit on Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. at Alexander White Mullen Funeral Home in St. Ann, MO. On Monday October 29th, a graveside service will be held at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery at 11 a.m. in St. Ann, MO and she will be laid to rest with her husband. Memorials are appreciated to the MO Council for the Blind, the American Cancer Society, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Expressions of condolence are encouraged at


  • Visitation Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, October 29, 2018

Vella Susan Brooks

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