Rosie C. Brooks, a retired housekeeper who enjoyed entertaining family and friends, died Monday of complications from an infection at St. Agnes Hospital. She was 99.
Rosie Cooper was born and raised in West Baltimore, and attended Baltimore public schools.
For more than 50 years until retiring in 1988, Mrs. Brooks worked for Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Meyerhoff.
In 1932, she married Henry M. Brooks, a custodian, and the couple moved to Glen Burnie, where they lived for more than 40 years. Mr. Brooks died in 1969.
Mrs. Brooks enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends at her Glen Burnie home. Family members said she was known for her baked chicken, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and serving crab cakes with Utz potato chips.
For the past nine years, Mrs. Brooks had lived in Cherry Hill. She enjoyed attending the Pascal Senior Center, doing ceramics and reading her Bible.
Family members said she nearly attained centenarian status by not smoking, drinking or eating red meat. She liked to walk and kept up her former routine when she had to use a walker.
She was a communicant of St. Veronica Roman Catholic Church, 806 Cherry Hill Road, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday.
Mrs. Brooks is survived by her daughter, Rosetta A. McClain of Cherry Hill; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 30 great-great-grandchildren.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun