September 25, 2023

Susan Anne Brooks

Susan Anne Brooks passed away on September 25, 2023, in Lincoln, NE after a battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her children in her home and her loyal dog, Baxter.

Born February 29, 1944, to Milton and Margaret Carlson in Holdredge, NE.  Susan grew up on a farm and graduated from Holdredge High School, eventually earning her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and Med Tech Studies from the University of Northern Colorado.

She married Ron Brooks in 1967 and had three children and five grandchildren she loved and adored.  Lincoln, NE became her home, where she lived for 48 years.  She was a Medical Technologist at Lincoln Pediatrics Group for many years, and most recently worked part-time at Eastmont Towers greeting visitors.  She was a long-time member of St. Marks Methodist Church.

Susan loved traveling with family and friends, singing in her church choir, playing cards/games, taking Baxter to the dog park, baking, sewing, and bird watching from her back deck.  She lived a full life and had an amazing circle of friends and family that kept her busy in her retirement years.

Susan is survived by her children: son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Jennifer Brooks of Colorado Springs, CO, daughter, Jennifer Brooks of Lincoln, NE, daughter and son-in-law Kristi and Jeff Stinnette of Lincoln, NE; her five grandchildren: Ethan, Owen, Elise, Chase and Devan; her sister, Elaine Exstrom of Lincoln, NE; and brother-in-law Doug Brooks of Denver, CO; sister-in-laws, Annie Carlson of Palm Desert, CA, Marty Carlson of Holdredge, NE.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ron Brooks; parents, Milton and Margaret Carlson; brothers, Stuart Carlson and Stan Carlson; brothers-in-law, Bud Exstrom and Bill Brooks; sisters-in-law, Vicki Brooks, Renee Botts, Betty Brooks, and Jean Morris; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, niece, friends, and pets.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at St. Marks Methodist Church.  In lieu of flowers, please donate directly to Friends of the Dog Parks, Inc. or the Susan G Komen Foundation.


  1. Jeff, Jenny and Kristi, I am so saddened by your moms death. She was such a good friend to me and so many other people. I still have the “Mason” crocheted was hanging that she made for us when we moved to our Lake Street house. It’s one of my treasures. She was so proud of the three of you and of course, of her grandchildren. She will be sorely missed.
    Love Marnie Mason

  2. Jeff, Jenny and Kristi,
    We are so saddened by your Mom’s passing. Good friends and wonderful memories abound. We first met when Amy and Kristi started preschool together. Many years and countless connections later, we had many memories to treasure. She gave so many gifts to all who knew her. She will be missed❤️

  3. I miss you, momma! Thank you everyone for your support and kind words through calls, texts, Facebook, etc. it means a lot to me and my brother and sister!

  4. I worked with Susan at Lincoln Pediatric Group in the late ’70’s. Fondly remembering a beautiful person inside and out. Condolences to her family.

  5. Rest in peace Aunt Susan.

  6. To the Brooks Family. May peace be with you during this time of need. Love you Jennifer. <3

  7. I’m very sad to learn that my long time friend has died. Susan and I met when our one-room schools were consolidated into a two-room school. What fun sleepovers at her house were.
    We’ve lived miles apart over the years but I always consider a soul mate.
    I know that Jeff, Jen and Kristi and families were her pride and joy. Am thinking of all of you plus Elaine and Marty.
    Love , Analice Decker


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