A faithful friend friend known to all as “BJ,” Barbara cared not only for the physical health of her friends, but also for their entire being. She often joined friends in hospital waiting rooms while their loved ones were in the hospital, offering solace and comfort.
In addition to caring for others, Barbara strongly believed in education, and taught nursing education at St. Francis Hospital, Hodson Vocational School and the Howard Career Center prior to becoming a Howard Career Center nurse. As a school nurse, she had a great rapport with her students, and was respected by administration, faculty and students alike.
Focusing on women’s health concerns, Barbara volunteered at the Henrietta Johnson Health Center and the Ministry of Caring, Emmanuel Dining Room, both in Wilmington. A lifelong Christian, Barbara was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Wilmington. She served as an usher, worked in the office, and was on the Visitation and Communion Committee, serving Communion to homebound church members.
The Barbara K. Brooks Transition House serves to honor her memory by providing support, education and health care for the women of Delaware. Empowering women to live sober, productive lives is the home’s main focus.