Barbara A. Brooks

> AMHERST – Barbara A. Brooks passed away peacefully at The Com­munity Hospice House in Merrimack on March 2, 2016, after a long, coura­geous battle with colon cancer. Her positive attitude and warm, outgo­ing spirit were a blessing to all who knew her. Family was extremely im­portant and pro­vided her a great source of enjoy­ment.

Barbara graduated from Honeoye Central School in Honeoye, New York in 1978 and Endicott College in Beverly, MA in 1980. She was employed by Burndy Products in Manchester for the last 27 years and received their prestigious Ron Tobias Award. She was an active volunteer at the Pat Brody Cat Shelter in Lunenburg, MA, where she tirelessly fostered litters of kit­tens at her home over the years.

She is survived by her mother, Lorraine Marchil­don of Milford, NH; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Steven G. and Emily Brooks of Lyndeborough, NH, Peter J. Brooks of Newington, CT, Alan S. and Alma Brooks of Mil­ford, NH; nieces and neph­ews Christopher Brooks, Lauren Brooks, Matthew Brooks, Alan Brooks, Ni­cole Brooks, Taylor Boyd and Evan Boyd; an aunt and uncle, Louise and Karl Norwood of Am­herst, NH; and two cousins, Todd and Christopher Nor­wood.

Barbara was predeceased by her father, Frank T. Brooks.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 4th from 4:00-7:00pm in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH. A graveside service will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am in Riverside Cemetery, 454 Nashua Street, Milford, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats, P.O. Box 142, Lunenburg, MA, 01462 or the Ameri­can Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framing­ham, MA, 01701

Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Fu­neral Home, Milford, NH. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to