Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Gerldean Brooks

Gerldean Brooks, age 81, of Shelby, died Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

Gerldean was born July 4, 1935 in Salyersville, KY, the daughter of the late Oren and Tessie (Conley) Tackett. She was a 1955 graduate of Salyersville High School. Gerldean was the head teacher and center coordinator at the Community Action Head Start in Shelby for 24 years. She loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her granddaughter, Bailey. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Plymouth and attended Taylortown Community Church where she was an active salesperson for their annual pumpkin roll fundraiser. Gerldean enjoyed playing bingo, doing crossword puzzles, and selling Avon.

Gerldean is survived by her son: S. David (Beth) Brooks of Mansfield; 3 grandchildren: Bailey E. (Kyle Bryant) Brooks, Sara (Justin) Welter, Daniel (Leah Hardin) Pennell; 3 great grandchildren: Connor, Ava, Finnley; 10 brothers and sisters: Earnestene Cunningham of Plymouth, Eloise Landis of Shelby, Virginia (Jan) Day of Shelby; Janet Sue (Paul) Ryman of Shelby; John (Barb) Tackett of CO, Rev. O. Douglas (Mary) Tackett of Shelby, Reta Hammond of Ontario, Jerry (Sharon) Tackett of SC; Barbara Porter of Shelby, Sandra (Paul) Kistemaker of Norwalk; 3 uncles and an aunt; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two infant brothers and her first husband, David A. Brooks, in 1971.

Family and friends are welcome on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 2 pm. Her brother, Rev. O. Douglas Tackett, Pastor of Taylortown Community Church, and Rev. Linda Kaufman, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Plymouth, will co-officiate with burial following in Greenlawn Cemetery in Plymouth. Memorial contributions may be made to the Turner Funeral Home to assit the family with final expenses. To share a memory or express a condolence, please visit:

Memories & Condolence

  1. Lee and tracey Brooks says:

    you’ll be missed aunt Gerry. God be with you Davey.

  2. Penny Ebersole says:

    Dave and family. I’m so sorry about Geri. Prayers to you and the family.

  3. Lori Cuppy Crichton says:

    David and Family,

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My thoughts n prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

    God Bless.

  4. Viola (Tackett) Hutchison says:

    Prayers for you and your family Dave

  5. Jeni Caudill Shaver says:

    Dave and family, I am very sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you during this sad time.

  6. gc says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1;3,4)

  7. Pansy Blanton says:

    Our hearts are heavy with hearing of the earthly loss of our beautiful cousin Gerldean. Many fun times spent together will never be forgotten! My sincere love, prayers and sympathy are sent to the family. May you know I would be there except for a Anniversary of my sister’s which has been planned for weeks. Love to you all and God be with each of you

  8. Shannon Hamons says:

    My deepest sympathies for you and your family. Your mom was like one of my other mothers growing up. The memories she helped make for us will live with me forever. What a special lady she was. I believe her to be rejoicing with your dad.

  9. Sharon (Blanton) Howard says:

    Heartfelt prayers and sympathy sent to the family. May God bless you with peace and strength through this very difficult time! Our peace comes from knowing we will one day be reunited with Gerldean and her beautiful smile

  10. PHILLIP RAMEY says:

    You have my deepest and most sincere sympathy, David. I asked about her on many occasions as my sister-in-law worked where she was staying. She will be greatly missed.

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