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Audrey Crane Brooks, 89, of Atlanta died peacefully Friday, March 20, 2015 at her daughter's home in Sebastopol, California. Following a viewing at Patterson's Spring Hill on Saturday, March 28th from 10 until 11:30 in the morning and burial at Crest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, a memorial service will be held at 1 o'clock at Sanctuary Village of Power at 1671 Howell Mill Road, NW (formerly Underwood Memorial United Methodist Church, where she was a devoted member for more than eighty years). Born March 31, 1925 on Peachtree Road in Gwinnett County to Raburn Henry...

Audrey Crane Brooks, 89, of Atlanta died peacefully Friday, March 20, 2015 at her daughter's home in Sebastopol, California. Following a viewing at Patterson's Spring Hill on Saturday, March 28th from 10 until 11:30 in the morning and burial at Crest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, a memorial service will be held at 1 o'clock at Sanctuary Village of Power at 1671 Howell Mill Road, NW (formerly Underwood Memorial United Methodist Church, where she was a devoted member for more than eighty years). Born March 31, 1925 on Peachtree Road in Gwinnett County to Raburn Henry and Emma Hayes Crane, she was the youngest of five children, preceded in death by Mrs. Hazel Gafnea, Miss Mary Fay Crane, Mrs. Rue Shafer, and Mr. Howard Crane. She attended E. P. Howell and North Fulton High Schools, as well as Agnes Scott and Draughon's Business Colleges. Audrey was an avid gardener, a green thumb if ever there was one, with a natural talent for design and craftmanship. In 1944, she married fellow Atlanta native and high school sweetheart Wilson B. Brooks, in Memphis, during a two-day leave from the Air Force before he headed off to missions over Europe. Upon his return, she supported his successful law career, judgeships and ten-year service in the Fulton County delegation to the Georgia House of Representatives. They survived the death of their first baby, Wilson, Jr., and went on to raise two children. They were founding members of the Cherokee Town & Country Club and, on his election as President in 1971, hosted numerous golf and social events. This lifelong romance and elegant lifestyle was brought to a sudden and tragic end with Mr. Brooks' accidental death in 1972. Immediately thrust into managing her late husband's business affairs, Audrey found within herself an innate calling; as they say, "necessity is the mother of invention." Completely self-taught, her many business accomplishments included running a city-contract towing service for 15 years, selling it, and negotiating the sale of large tracts of North Fulton farmland that she and Wilson bought in the 1950s. Her greatest accomplishments, however, were sharing her love of life and her devotion to her children and family; the business pursuits were solely aimed to provide for her children and grandchildren's education, travel, and the many pleasures she shared with all of them. (It should be mentioned that pot roasts and pound cakes were a specialty.) And, later in life, Love smiled on her again when she married Albert Benjamin Robinowich, a delightful, brilliantly funny and loving, devoted husband and stepfather for 22 years, who brought with him three step-children, Marty of Birmingham and Paula and Howard of Atlanta. Ever the savvy businesslady, she married her accountant. She is survived by her daughter Bonnie Brooks, son-in-law David McCullough, both of Sebastopol; her two grandchildren Ryan Brooks O'Connell and Camille Rose Collen, both of San Francisco; her son, Bradley W. Brooks of Atlanta; beloved childhood friend Rachel Cutcliffe of Waycross; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Alzheimer's Association , alz.org.