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Natalie Kernan "Nat" Brooks, a retired insurance executive who enjoyed spending time at a second home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., died Sunday of colorectal cancer at her home in Bowie.

She was 58.

Ms. Brooks was born in Pasadena, Calif., and moved with her family to Catonsville in 1955. After the death of her father in 1960, she move with her mother and siblings to a home on Longwood Road in Roland Park.

She was a 1970 graduate of Garrison Forest School and earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from American University in Washington in 1974.

Ms. Brooks began her 30-year insurance career in 1974 when she went to work as a claims adjuster in the Washington office of Lincoln National Insurance Co.

After managing the claims department for several years, she joined the company's sales department, where her expertise was in flexible benefits insurance sales.

After Lincoln National sold its flexible insurance sales division, she joined The Barrington Group and later Ceridian Benefits Services, from which she retired as regional sales manager in 2004.

In her retirement, Ms. Brooks remained as a benefits consultant, family members said.

A beach lover, Ms. Brooks purchased a home in Rehoboth Beach in 2000, where she enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

She also had served as president of her homeowners association.

"She was an avid golfer and long-suffering fan of the Washington Redskins," said a brother, Andrew M. Brooks of Baltimore.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Thomas Episcopal Church 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills.

Also surviving are her mother, Natalie Brooks Barringer of Timonium; two other brothers, Robert D. Brooks of Annapolis and Stephen B. Brooks of Rehoboth, Mass.; two sisters, Priscilla M. Brooks of Ipswich, Mass., and Mary W. Brooks of Arlington, Mass.; a stepbrother, John R. Barringer of Rio Nido, Calif.; a stepsister, Betsey Barringer of Timonium; her companion of many years, Chris Hazell of Bowie; and 17 nieces and nephews.


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