Oldest Brooks resident, Elizabeth Brown Littlefield (born Jan. 28, 1926) died peacefully with family at her side at Ross Manor, Bangor, on Jan. 8, 2019, after suffering a stroke Dec. 12, 2018.

She was born in Brooks, the daughter of Lawrence Adrian and Eunice Cilley Brown of Monroe. She lived on a farm and attended Brooks schools. Betty married Franklin Littlefield Sept. 27, 1946, when he returned from serving in the South Pacific (World War II).

After graduating from Morse Memorial (1943), she received a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Maine (1947) and began a 25-year career teaching high school English in Bradford and at Morse Memorial and Mount View schools. She is fondly remembered for coaching plays and prize speaking.

Betty’s hobbies included reading, gardening, drying flowers, rug hooking and braiding, dancing and playing cards with friends. She authored two family genealogy books on the Brown and Cilley families. Franklin and Betty traveled with daughter and husband, Stan and Andrea Lucien, throughout the United States and Eastern Canada, visiting family and historic sites. However, her dearest place was her home on Rose Hill.

She loved her community and the people who resided in Brooks. A proud founder of the Brooks Historical Society (2003), Betty helped obtain the Pilley House from heir, Robert Elliot (2005). While president, she wrote grants to fund improvements: a new furnace, UV protection storm windows, shed shingles, and materials for the post and beam barn, one of Betty’s dreams. She held a special place in her heart for Bud Menard and family, who generously built the barn.

Betty will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was predeceased by her parents, husband, and brothers Robert and Wilbur Allan Brown.

She is survived by the following: daughter Andrea (Stan Lucien) and son Jon Littlefield; grandchildren Rebecca (John Colannino), Emily and Joshua Littlefield; great-grandchildren Nathan and Elizabeth Colannino; sisters Virginia (Tom Robertson), Joan (Tom Stephenson), Marsha (Philip Shibles), Marlene (Steve Wight), and “sister” Gail Bailey;and numerous nieces and nephews. At Thanksgiving dinner 2018 in Old Town, 50 family members came to celebrate with Betty.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. at Brooks Congregational Church, followed by light refreshments and sharing of memories at the Varney Building. In lieu of flowers, Betty asked that donations be made to Brooks Historical Society, C/O Paula Miron, 71 Reynolds Road, Brooks, ME 04921.