Memorial Service Sunday at the Historic Fort

Charmayne entered Heaven's gate on June 27, 2018. She was 79. Loved ones that cleared a path for her were her husband Lloyd Brooks, parents Violet & Charlie Miller, brother Dale Miller, brothers-in-law, Don Brooks & Dale Brooks & her beloved granddaughter, Jordan Brooks. Loved ones that will miss Charmayne until they meet again are; daughter Michele & Bill Tillery, brother Frank Miller & wife Judy, nephews Keith Miller, Jeff, Miller, & Michael Miller & their families, sisters-in-law Judy Brooks & Eddie Brooks & brother-in-law Bill Brooks.

 We will remember the good times, of which there is no limit. Charmayne set the bar for style, taste & gracious living generations ahead of her time. She was a first class lady, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, daughter, aunt, human being & community leader.

If you needed someone to raise money or speak publicly for a special cause, she had the energy and communication skills to get the job done. She was a tireless advocate for the businesses & people of the Westside. Everyone was familiar with her face, her latest hairstyle & generous heart. Giving to others was her passion; whether an encouraging word, sending a card, making a phone call or a visit.

 We will cherish our memories of time spent at the Brooks home on Harding Avenue, Vista Via & Ten Palms….parties involving leopard costumes, the Cadillac Angels, beautiful tables settings, Charmayne’s gourmet dishes, laughter and of course music which she loved. She also enjoyed all the fun times with The Lady Bug Club.

These are just a few of Charmayne’s achievements on behalf of the City of Taft: her friendliness & energetic attitude made her the perfect person to be the Chamber of Commerce Executive Director on two occasions. In addition to her work at the chamber over the years, she was president of the Downtown Merchant Association, served two terms as the President of Soroptimist Club, one of the coordinators for the first Health Fair in Taft and of course, you are familiar with the Taft Gala…this concept was Charmayne’s idea in 1984 and continues on today. One of Charmayne's yearly projects with Soroptimist Club was re-creating the brides room at the Historic Taft Fort. She was honored in 2003 as Rotary Citizen of the Year. She worked closely with the American Heart Association, receiving a certificate of appreciation. Charmayne was recognized by the State Senate for her community service work.

 In every life, there is tragedy~ We all knew her heart was broken when Lloyd received the diagnosis of Alzheimer in 2002. Lloyd & Charmayne were admired & loved as a couple for over fifty years. Charmayne was diagnosed with dementia 4 years ago. She lived these past years on the Central Coast, close to her daughter. Her personal style and appearance seldom wavering as the classy and always kind person from her younger days.