Nanette Brooks

Obituary of Nanette Brooks

Nanette (Burton) Brooks peacefully passed away November 6, 2023 in Edmonds, Washington at the age of 72. She was born October 28, 1951 in Memphis, Tennessee to parents Lou Eva Patchell and Eugene N. Burton, Jr.


She was a 20-year U.S. Navy veteran and was very proud of her service. She followed in the footsteps of her father who was also a Navy veteran. As a child of a veteran, she moved around quite a bit and lived in Memphis TN (twice), Norfolk VA, Omaha NE, and Little Rock AR. She eventually followed one of her sisters and relocated to Portland Oregon, where she enlisted. She was stationed in a number of places, including Guam, California, Oregon, Alaska and two tours in Hawaii. She retired after her second stint in Honolulu HI, at the rank of Petty Officer, 1st Class. Following her military retirement, she again followed her sister and moved to the Seattle WA area, where she lived for her remaining years.


She loved watching Clint Eastwood movies, trips to the Oregon coast, a good cup of coffee, her beloved pickup trucks, babies, woodworking, chocolate, her cats Godiva, Zorby and Clarabelle, and family Christmas gatherings. She was quick to clean up and if you were a guest at her house, you learned to hang on to your coffee cup. If you didn’t keep your cup within reach, she’d swoop in and kindly wash the cup for you - even if you weren’t quite done!


Nanette was preceded in death by her parents Lou Eva and Gene, and her two brothers Larry E. Burton and Richard A. Burton. She is survived by her loving daughter Joanna L. Brooks (caregiver extraordinaire); sisters Carol A. Burton and Janice M. Burton; nephew Damon Burton and wife Toni Burton; nieces Autumn Burton and husband Jesse McGalliard, Lena Burton Owens, and Kristin Burton; and sisters-in-law Vickie Burton and Millynn James. Heartfelt thanks to Nardos and staff at Merit Senior Care, the adult family home where she received excellent and compassionate care. She will be deeply missed by her family.

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