Betty Jane (Blakeslee) Brooks, age 87 of Grand Rapids, loving mother and Gram passed away peacefully Thursday, August 22, 2013. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Wayne P. Brooks, and most recent on July 10, 2013, her granddaughter, Kimberly Thiel; seven brothers and sisters. She is survived by her daughters, Linda (John) Thiel, Denise (Jim) Meier; grandchildren, Joe (Lindsey) Thiel, Jennifer (Jared Lazaro) Meier, Beckie (Matt) Davidson, Kirsten (Anthony Mojica) Meier; great grandchildren, Mackenzie, and Morgan Jane Davidson; sister, Nancy Coleman; and many nieces and nephews. Betty was a 1943 graduate of South High School, then went on to be an accomplished office administrator and bookkeeper. After marrying the love of her life Wayne, she became a devoted wife and mother. She had many interests but loved most sketching and painting and oh yes, the Detroit Tigers! In 1967, her husband Wayne formed a new company, RPM Inc., in which she earnestly and happily joined him in laying the foundation. Betty had a great sense of humor, keeping us and others around her smiling even during difficult times. She enriched the lives of all her grandchildren with love, laughter and generosity. She will be greatly missed. Special thank you to Yorkshire Manor and Spectrum Hospice for their warm and compassionate care. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday 11:00 a.m. at St. Robert of Newminster, 6477 Ada Drive, Rev. Patrick Grile, CSsR presiding. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 2-6:00 p.m., with a vigil service 2:00 p.m. at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd., Grand Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.