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Sally Miller Brooks

After a short illness, Sally Miller Brooks passed away on January 11, 2024. She would have been 98 years old in April.

Born to Louis and Margaret Miller in Meadville, PA, and having one sister Mary, the family spent most of their years in Miami, Florida. Just like her father, Sally graduated from Allegheny College in NW Pennsylvania.  She met Jim Brooks there and they were married on her graduation day in 1948. Jim’s job with DuPont brought the couple to Wilmington, where Sally had a job as a social worker for four years before having children. In 1951 they joined Westminster Presbyterian Church where they were very active faithful members all their lives. In 1994 Sally and Jim moved to Cokesbury Village Retirement Community in Hockessin, where Sally lived for 30 years. Throughout her life, Sally was a go-getter and she excelled in her endeavors. She received awards for excellence and was recognized for her contributions when in high school, college, and during her decades of volunteering. She began Westminster’s Leisure Club for retirees and led it for 32 years along with serving in other numerous leadership roles at church. She was a girl scout leader and was on the Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout Council. She remained involved with her Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, and was a long-time member of the Academy of Life-Long Learning and the Gordon Heights Garden Club.  At Cokesbury she was active in many ways; especially notable was her 15 plus years as chairman of the Hospitality Committee.  Hosting old friends and new was Sally’s forte. Up until the close of her life she was inviting people, especially newcomers to Cokesbury, to share a meal.

What a wonderful legacy of a life well-lived Sally has left for her family!  In her words, “I loved life, enjoyed entertaining friends, cooking, travel, golf, and reading, and most especially I treasured being with family. I have had a marvelous, happy, fulfilling life.” She had a vital energy and enthusiasm that she shared with others. Sally made a positive impact on the world around her and will truly be greatly missed. Preceding her in death were her beloved parents, sister, and husband. She is survived by her two daughters, Susan Bohn (Ralt), Patty Brown (Brick), and their children, Brooks Bohn (Logan), Laura Taylor (Wyatt), Craig Bohn (Lisa), Cynthia Gray, Everett Gray (Angie), 12 great grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter.


Funeral Services

A Celebration of Life will be held on February 24, 2024 at 2 PM at Cokesbury. Should you choose to remember Sally with a gift, in lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Food Bank of Delaware, or the Cokesbury Village Employee Scholarship Fund.


    Candace Allan lit a candle and writes,
    Sally was quite a woman. She kept wonderful relationships alive with all her children and grandchildren, a rare thing today. She will be missed by all who knew her.
    01/29/2024 11:04 pm
    Cynthia Vincent lit a candle and writes,
    Sally Brooks was the mom of my best friend Patty while growing up in Chatham. She was delightful and happy…full of fun and humor. Her home was always welcoming. I last saw her a year ago and she had not changed at all. Such a great lady with a big personality!! Kind and generous. She was a wonderful lady!!
    01/30/2024 08:11 pm
    Pat Hobson writes,
    For thirty-four years Sally was a significant member of my extended family. Her daughter, Patty, and I have shared those years as co-workers and best friends. Sally was always interested in our classroom experiences. Her trips to Texas and our world, far from her's, were filled with warmth, laughter and caring. Heaven is blest to have her smile and helping hands. She will be missed among those of us still here, but we know she has received her award for a life lived in the name of the Lord!
    02/01/2024 02:49 pm
    Kathy & Dave Stracke lit a candle and writes,
    We are sorry to hear of Sally's passing. She was a very good friend of our mother's at Cokesbury. Sally was one of the first people she met, and they became fast friends, dining together, traveling, serving on committees, and enjoying the occasional night cap together, always with lots of laughs. When our mom became ill during Covid, Sally was calling her daily and checking in on her. She would often call us too. She truly cared about others. We'll always remember her kindness, her smile, her spunk and her generosity towards others. May she rest in peace.
    02/05/2024 12:31 pm
    Deborah Meinke and LaVerne Weaver lit a candle and writes,
    Sally was my first Girl Scout leader from Brownies through Cadettes. We had so much fun and activity. Sally spearheaded unforgettable trips to Washington DC and Williamsburg. I bet she got tired of “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall”! 😄 Sally and Jim and LaVerne and Lowell were longtime friends through Westminster - irreplaceable relationships! We will miss the sunny smile and laughter of Sally Brooks. She helped me to become the leader I am today through her example. The world is a better place thanks to Sally Brooks.
    02/17/2024 09:51 am
    Deborah Meinke and LaVerne Weaver lit a candle and writes,
    LaVerne and Debbie send condolences to Susan and Patty and their families. May peace and comfort surround you. Thanks be to God for Sally!
    02/17/2024 09:53 am
    Sarah Sprinkle writes,
    I was sorry to hear of Sally's passing. Though what comfort in knowing of her faith and the promise of life through that! I just wanted to share with you all that Sally was an absolute delight. I'll remember her as being so kind and welcoming to me and my sister as we grew up visiting Cokesbury. Whenever we would visit my grandparents and saw Sally she always had a warm and genuine smile. I know her friendship with my grandparents (Sarah and Reade Tompson) was something they both cherished deeply. She really was such a light to those around her. Sending my condolences and sending some prayers to you all during this time.
    02/22/2024 08:49 am

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