E. Louise Brooks (nee LaBerge) passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the age of 89. Her loving husband Bob was by her side as he had always been for the last 68 years. She was born in Rossland, BC on February 22, 1930 and lived there for the first 17 years of her life. Her early years were clouded with the loss of her older brother of two years when she was 7 and then again by the loss of her father two years later. Life after that was understandably more difficult as she became the eldest of a younger brother and sister and her mother relied on her a lot to take on responsibilities such as shovelling snow, not just off the sidewalk, but the steep roof as well. Doing the shopping and helping with other household chores were also expected. Even though life at home was busy, she had many friends, loved school, skiing up and down the streets as well as up, down and around Red Mountain, picking huckleberries, and even managing a bit of babysitting to make a little money. She loved swimming and had a summer job as life guard of the local swimming pool.
In 1947 her mother remarried and the family was moved to Wynndel to an undeveloped 14 acre parcel of land that eventually became a thriving hobby farm of fruit trees, raspberries and strawberries. Life changed again with the addition of a new brother, farm work, no nearby friends and having to be bussed into nearby Creston to complete her grade 12. She graduated in 1948 from the local high school with honours and was the class valedictorian as well. Bookkeeping became her specialty and she eventually got herself a job with a highway road construction company. This is where she met her future husband Bob and became the beginning of their 68 year love story.
Louise and Bob were married September 3, 1950. Bob worked many areas of British Columbia, so they were not in one place for long. Children started arriving in 1953 and they purchased a part of the Wynndel property, building a house and living there until 1959. With now four children and a husband who was not home for long periods of time, Louise had had enough of farm life. Bob was working steady in Kelowna with the building of