Brooksie Shull, former downvalley resident, has died
Brooksie Shull died Sept. 30 at Glen Valley Care Center in Glenwood Springs. She died of natural causes at the age of 87.Shull was born Sept. 23, 1917 to James and Leona Edward in Hot Springs, Ark. As a young girl she and her mother traveled west on a hobo train to Denver. She lived many years in the Denver area with friend Beulah Jensen. Jensen and Shull remained close for 55 years.
The women traveled, hunted, fished and camped together. They traveled to Pennsylvania, Kentucky, California and Arizona. When she was young, Shull hunted pheasant and rabbit, but later in life cooked at elk camps.She worked at the University of Colorado Medical Center for 20 years. She last worked for Corky and Carol Fitzsimmons at the service station in Eagle, a job from which she retired at the age of 73.Shull and Jensen moved to Eagle in 1979 and lived in Griffins Trailer Park, which is now known as Green Acres. In 1981 they moved to Gypsum and in 1990 Shull took an apartment at the Golden Eagle Apartments, where she lived for the next 14 years. Shull kept busy volunteering in many capacities for seniors. Other close friends of Shull’s were Nettie Reynolds and Rita Knoll. Four years ago they went a road trip through five states. It was the first time Shull had seen the redwoods of California and she enjoyed a boat ride on the Pacific.
Shull also crocheted afghans and doilies before her vision became to poor to do so. She was frugal and always found a way to meet a need or a want without drawing attention to herself, friends and family members said. Shull was a member of Eagle Baptist church since 1984. Pastor Bruce Dunsdon and Spike Pressley led Shull and Jensen to the church after the men put a new roof on the women’s trailer. Shull and Jensen were baptized on May 13, 1984.Shull is survived by a son, Edwin Shull, and a grandson, William Shull.Shull was cremated at Farnum Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs.
A memorial service will be held Monday at Eagle Baptist Church. A dinner will be served at noon and the memorial service will begin at 1 p.m.Contributions can be made to any charity.Vail Daily
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