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The late Mrs. Antoinette C. Brooks

 The late Mrs. Antoinette C. Brooks

The Brooks, Caranda, and Gray family announces with deepest regret the passing of Mrs. Antoinette C. Brooks on March 20, 2011 at 2:30am at the Westshore Health Center. Wake keeping and funeral service over the Remains of Sis. Antoinette C. Brooks will be held on Friday, April 1, 2011; 6- 10 PM at Ebenezer Baptist Church 475 Cranston Street Providence, RI 02907. Presiding Clergy, Rev. Matthew N. Kai Officiating Clergy, Rev. Beatrice Mansfield Musician, Bro. Abraham Williams .May her soul rest in perfect peace.


The late Mrs. Antoinette C. Brooks was born unto the union of Judge Advocate General of the Liberian Military, Doughba Carmo Caranda, Sr. and Miss Maude Gray in Virginia, Liberia March 6, 1938. She was reared by her two aunts Mrs. Portia Gray Moulton and Mrs. Emma Gray Bernette. Anto, as she was affectionately called by some, obtained her elementary education from the J. Anthony Robert Public School in Virginia and her Jr. High education from the Bromley Mission Episcopal School in Clay/Ashland Liberia. She then matriculated to the Lott Carey Baptist Mission High School in Brewerville, Liberia where she graduated valedictorian of her class. After high school she married Mr. Thomas Joseph Brooks and the union was blessed with twelve children, five of whom predeceased her. After her twelfth child, she enrolled at the University of Liberia where two of her daughters were already enrolled and graduated with a degree in biology along with her oldest child Angie Brooks the same year. She later traveled to Denmark, Europe for Advanced Studies and to the United States at Princeton University where she obtained advance certificate in test development and administration. She later enrolled at the University of Rhode Island where she was pursuing her Masters in Biology until her health could no longer allow her to continue. Mrs. Brooks was not only an intellectual, but she was a woman of service who served her country and people with distinction: She taught physical education at the R. B. R Elementary School in Virginia, Liberia and the Brewerville Elementary School in Liberia. She also taught Science at the W.V.S. Tubman Elementary School on Bushrod Island and the Bromley Mission Episcopal Schools in Liberia. She was a biology Instructor at W.V.S.T. High School in Sinkor, Liberia and a Lab Instructor at the University concurrently and later became a Vice Principal at Tubman High. After greater than twenty years in the classroom and additional training in many African Countries, she accepted a position as an Examiner at the West African Examination Council, an entity that develops and administers national examinations for the West African Countries. In this position, she traveled to several West African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Senegal and Sierra Lone where she worked along with others to develop examinations and taught other teachers to develop and administer such exams. Because of her efficiency and hard work, she ascended to the position of an Administrator which she held until her relocation to the United States to be with her children. While in the USA, she taught science at Hope High School in Providence and later at the Urban League of Rhode Island GED Program. She served and mentored children, youth and adults both in the United States and in Liberia. Many Liberians living in Rhode Island are her former students. Mrs. Brooks was not only an intellectual and a woman of service, but she was also a religious woman who took her faith seriously. She accepted Christ and joined the Shiloh Baptist Church at a tender age. After marriage, she joined Eddie Memorial, her husband’s church where she served as Sunday school Teacher and was consecrated as a deaconess and served for many years. Upon relocation to the United States she became a member of the Westside Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, served as Sunday School Teacher, Deaconess and was crowned Mother of The year. She was a member of the Eastern Star and travelled with the sorority wherever it went. She was also a member of the Liberian Community Association of Rhode Island and served in a leadership role on its elderly affairs Committee. On one of Mrs. Brooks’ visit to her homeland Liberia, her health began to deteriorate and upon return to the United States, it improved significantly and she again became active in her church, sorority, and community. But too soon, sickness got a greater hold of her body and about two month prior to today, her health declined significantly and on March 20, 2011 at 2:30 AM with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, love-ones and other family members by her side, Anto, ma, mommy as she was affectionately called, answered the call of her Savior to go home and rest. She is now resting in the bosom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ She leaves to mourn her death seven biological children: Maude A. Brooks, Mr. Urais Josephus Brooks, Mrs. Antoinette B. Kai, Mr. Christian A. Brooks, Ms. Josephine Brooks, Mr. Thomas Brooks, and Pastor Beatrice Brooks Mansfield. Five adopted children: Mr. Lewis Brooks, Mr. Lloyd Brooks, Mr. Frederick Gray, Mrs. Nora B. Kahn and Mr. Othello Toe. Three Brothers: Counselor John Nostelda Joseph Julius Caranda, Liberia; ManJah Doughba Carmo Caranda, II, Georgia; and Mr. Charles Caranda, Rhode Island. Three sisters: Mrs. Frances Brisbane, New York; Dr. Danielette Nelson, London and Miss Caroline Caranda, Liberia; thirty-one grand and seven great grand children, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. Brooks' feet will truly be missed but her footprints will forever remain on the sand of time. May God almighty preserve her soul as she rest from labor to reward.

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Rev. Kai says New year to all. Thank God we made it to 2011. May we use this year purposely to serve others, lest we forget that Christ died to serve us and we should live to serve him and others. Let this be a year of selfless service. Sunday school is at 10AM. Praise & Worship rehearsal is Saturday after choir rehearsal and Choir rehearsal is Saturday at 4PM. Bible Study is Wednesday night, 6:30-8 Pm. Rev. Kai encourages those interested in learning the bible to attend. This Tuesday is fast & Prayer from 6AM to 6Pm. Scriptures are: 6AM, 2nd Kings 7:1-11 and at 12PM, 2nd Kings 7:12-20. We will discuss the scriptures before breaking the fast at 6PM at the church. For more information, please contact Sis. Martha Mangua at 453-4071. We still have few calendars available and they cost $5 each. If you are interested, please see Bro. Howard or Rev. Kai.

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