Gayle Whitman Brooks, born on March 31, 1944, in Henderson, KY, peacefully departed this world on December 19, 2023. She was the beloved daughter of Clarence and Maussie Whitman and sister to Jerry and Joanne.
Gayle’s journey in education began with her graduation from Plant High School in Tampa in 1962. She continued her academic pursuits at the University of Tampa, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1966, and later achieved her master’s degree from the University of South Florida in 1980.
On December 20, 1966, Gayle married the love of her life, Stephen “Steve” Brooks. Together, they embarked on a remarkable journey of love, commitment, and shared accomplishments. After teaching high school business education courses in Hillsborough and Dade counties for seven years, Gayle dedicated herself to raising a family for the next seven years.
In 1980, both Steve and Gayle earned their master’s degrees from the University of South Florida. This dynamic duo’s determination and shared dedication were truly exemplified as they completed their degrees within the same 12 months. Gayle’s career at Pasco-Hernando Community College began 24 hours after she completed her master’s degree. She served in the business department for a decade before being appointed as the Dean in 1990. Gayle retired as Dean Emeritus in December 2007, leaving a lasting impact on the institution.
Gayle is survived by her loving husband, Steve, and their children, Dr. Bo Brooks (wife – Marcy) and Susan Black (husband – Steve). Her legacy continues through her six cherished grandchildren – Cameron (23), Dominic (21), Jackson (18), Carter (16), Brooks (12), and Harper (9).
Active in her community, Gayle was a dedicated member of Beta Sigma Phi, serving as secretary, treasurer, and president. She also contributed her time to the Junior Service League, where she held positions as treasurer and president. Her commitment extended to Faith Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, Bible school teacher, and contributed to various committees.
Gayle’s passions included spending quality time with Steve on their deck and hosting dinner parties. A highlight was her annual Kentucky Derby party, showcasing her love for tradition and celebration.
A woman of deep faith, Gayle found strength and solace in her Lord and Savior, calmly trusting Him through two battles with cancer. She expressed gratitude for her church family at Faith Presbyterian Church, acknowledging their unwavering support and love. Gayle often spoke of the comfort and joy she derived from her Congregational Care Team, who prayed her through the challenges of cancer.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Legacy Fund at Faith Presbyterian Church, a cause that Gayle held dear to her heart.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 10:30 am at Faith Presbyterian Church in Brooksville, FL. Friends and family are invited to join in celebrating the life of this remarkable woman who touched the hearts of many and left an indelible mark on the world.
May Gayle Whitman Brooks rest in eternal peace.