January 21, 1957 – July 24, 2011
Elaine Brooks was born on January 21, 1957 in Nanaimo, British Columbia.
Her parents are Lawrence and Marlene Plensky of Nanaimo. Her sisters are Lavonne Patterson (Martin Patterson) and Dell Plensky. Her brother is Skip Plensky (Susan Dunnigan Plensky). Elaine has two sons Richard and Bill Brooks. Elaine was a wonderful, much loved Auntie to Scott and Jeff Patterson; Ty, David, and Rose Plensky; and Dakota Plensky. Family was very important to Elaine. She remained close to her Aunt Jean and John Paolone, Uncles Jack and Bill Marsh and her many cousins. Elaine was also close to all her Plensky relatives on Vancouver Island. Her special friend was Bud Martin.
Elaine was a collector of friends. Her laugh was infectious. She was the friend who remembered every birthday, holiday and anniversary. She was Mrs. Christmas. She made every Christmas festive. Elaine was very talented. She was the Queen of Quilts. She made beautiful hand-made quilts. She sewed, designed crafts, and shared her creations with friends and family. Elaine had a beautiful singing voice. She sang with the New Generation Choir as a young woman. Her mother always enjoyed hearing Elaine sing. Elaine was a wonderful cook and baker. She was known for her desserts, sweets and cookies. She was a well-loved daughter because she kept her father supplied with his favorite cookies! Elaine was a natural caregiver. Being a stay-at-home mother with her two boys when they were young was her career. Motherhood was the most important part of her life. Her sons have grown into strong, handsome, hard-working young men. Elaine was very proud of her sons. For many years Elaine operated a day care from her home. Elaine was Auntie to many, many children in Campbell River. Many families will miss Elaine. She was a happy person. Elaine always saw the good in every situation, every person, and believed in fun. She loved to travel. She was very athletic. She played softball all her life. She also enjoyed hiking, badminton, biking, and skiing.
Elaine passed away very suddenly on Sunday July 24, 2011 from an unexpected heart attack. We would like to thank all the paramedics, ER staff, ICU staff, and Palliative Care staff who helped take care of Elaine. The NRGH staff did everything possible to save Elaine, and then helped both Elaine and the family through this tragic event. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday July 31st at 1pm at Oliver Woods Recreation Centre, Nanaimo. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Alzheimer’s Society of BC appreciated.