Shirley Brooks Howard


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Holden/Brewer - Shirley M. Howard, 84, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2019 where she resided at Woodlands Senior Living due to a very aggressive and rare cancer. Shirley was born on September 11, 1934 in Mars Hill, ME. She was the daughter of the late Harold and Mildred (Petersen) Drake.
She was a stay at home mom for many years, then taught Head Start in Blaine, ME. She worked on her father's farm with her family during potato harvest. In 1978, Shirley moved to Holden, ME. She worked at Gordon's Jewelry (Bangor Mall). After her retirement as manager of Gordon's Jewelry, she continued to work for several years at Quality Jewelers.
Shirley loved cooking and baking, especially for holidays and when her children were visiting. At Christmas, she would make care packages for her family with her homemade goodies. She was known for her famous dill pickles and her homemade apple pies. Her hobbies were gardening, knitting, making fleece blankets and painting bird houses built by her husband Phil. For many years, Shirley bowled in a league at Northern Lanes Bowling Alley winning many trophies.
She is survived by her children: Kristie (John) Charette of Gorham, ME, Tom (Missy) Brooks of New Bloomfield, PA, Tim (Maureen) Brooks of Higganum, CT, Julie Brooks Hersom, Bucksport, ME, and David Brooks, Brewer, ME. She had four grandchildren: Jeremy Brooks, Travis Charette, Jade Schueler, and Lance Brooks, and four great- grandchildren: Derek, Scarlet, Charlotte and Emily Jane, and a very special aunt, Eleanor Burtsell. She is also survived by four stepchildren and their spouses: Paul Howard, William Howard, Valerie Fitzpatrick and Robin Boutilier. She had seven step grandchildren and seven step great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Shirley was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Philip Howard; her son, Danny Brooks, and the father of her children, Cedric Brooks.
The family would like to thank the staff at Woodlands Senior Living and Beacon Hospice for the care and support provided to her.
A funeral service will be held 2 PM, Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, ME with Pastor Gerry Dill officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, Bangor immediately following the service Saturday. A private interment will be held the following day at Pierce Cemetery, Mars Hill, ME. Those wishing to remember Shirley in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Lafayette Cancer Center, c/o Northern Lights Health Foundation, PO Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
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Maralee Stanevicz
Sep 13, 2019
Shirley was an amazing woman. I was blessed to know and work with her. Sending my love and prayers out to her family.
Susan Winkler
Sep 13, 2019
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Sep 13, 2019
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Kim Delano
Sep 13, 2019
As hard as it is to lose a Mother, Grandmother, or friend it is hard to wish them back when they were suffering in pain. I’m so happy that you are walking the streets of gold pain free. I have loved you always and will miss you forever♥️
Helen Charette
Sep 11, 2019
I had lunch with Shirley and Kristie and neighbor Ed in June at the Chowder House in Brewer. It was a beautiful day and Shirley seemed to enjoy herself and i’m Glad I got to spend this brief but nice time her. I know you’ll all miss her and will feel the void of losing your Mother and Grandmother. Cherish the good memories; those will always be with you!
Helen Charette
Sep 11, 2019
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Barbara McCrum
Sep 11, 2019
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Margaret Kane
Sep 10, 2019
Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Shirley Brooks Howard by Margaret Kane.  Send flowers
Irene Williams
Sep 10, 2019
About 30 years ago we became neighbors with Shirley and Phil. Then got to meet the children . Such a wonderful family and I cared for Shirley like she was my own sister. We had many good times and when she had to leave Copeland Hill Rd. it was like I have hated living there every since. One day Shirley we will meet again and god had better be prepared to let Phil and Harold, you and I have a picnic by the ocean that we loved to do. R E P my best friend.
Brooklyn Smith
Sep 09, 2019
I was fortunate to care for Shirley for a short amount of time but she will forever have a special place in my heart. RIP beautiful!
Donna Charette Lockwood and James
Sep 07, 2019
To Kristie, John and Travis. May the loss you feel of your mother be filled with the memories and sound of her voice filling your heart. Your family is in our prayers and our thoughts. May she rest in peace.
Julie and Cosmo DiPierro.
Sep 07, 2019
Our prayers are with you at this difficult time. Keep all of your beautiful memories of this lovely lady in your hearts.
Carol Reynolds
Sep 07, 2019
I was so blessed to have gotten to know her while I was visiting my dad. I will miss seeing her. Sending thoughts and prayers to her family...
Kathy Hersom Higgins
Sep 07, 2019
Fly high sweet lady.
Missy Brooks
Sep 07, 2019
I love you Ms Shirley. I will miss our baking and canning talks. I will think of you always. I will see you on the other side and join you on those streets of gold.
Jim Morrison
Sep 07, 2019
Be at peace. The burden of pain has been lifted. Fly, free of mortal restraints.
Mo Brooks
Sep 06, 2019
RIP, Shirley Mae... till we meet again xxoo