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BLOOMINGTON — Tammy Jo Brooks, 50, of Cuba, and formerly of Bloomington, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 11, 2017) at her home after an extended battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 11, 1966, in Elgin, the daughter of Jim and Betty Winters.

Tammy was educated at Hardin County Grade School and later earned her GED. She was a CNA/phlebotomist at BroMenn Hospital and Renaissance Home. In 1989, she married Brian Brooks and resided in Bloomington, where they welcomed their daughter, Savannah Jo, on April 15, 1997. They later divorced.

Tammy’s greatest joy was her daughter. She enjoyed and took pride in her work and loved animals. She collected sock monkeys and angel figurines and enjoyed the outdoors.

She was proceeded in death by her mother, Betty Winters, and her half sister, Melinda (Meme) Hasse Rowe. Those left behind to cherish her loving memory are her father, Jim Dale (Donna) Winters, Cave-in-Rock; her sister, Terry Lynn Gilmore, New Berlin; three brothers, Jason Winters, Ricky Wayland and Mike Wayland, all of Cave-in-Rock; her best friend and “sister,” Jeanne Rowe; and “sisters of the heart,” Val Carson and Linda Taylor.

A service of remembrance to celebrate her life will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Atlanta Memorial House, 106 SW Sixth St., Atlanta. In lieu of flowers, memorials of support and college tuition assistance may be mailed to Savannah Brooks, 12155 E. Country Mile Road, Cuba, IL 61427.

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