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Doris (Dotty) Voorhies Brooks

October 19, 1931 ~ May 8, 2020 (age 88)

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Doris (Dotty) Voorhies Brooks passed away peacefully on Friday, May 8th, 2020. Dotty was born in Louisiana on October 19, 1931; the second born child of Lois and Charles Antoine Voorhies. Dotty was married to her lifelong companion, Roy, who preceded her in death on December 4, 2016. They married on August 9, 1950 and together they lived out their beautiful version of happily ever after. Five children were born from this union. Michael J. Brooks (deceased), Cynthia B. Dragan, Peggy B. Metzger, Kathleen B. Bee, and Jennifer B. Baron. Dotty and Roy had eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, all of whom were a great source of pride and deep love. Dotty’s life was centered around the love of her family as well her art and creative endeavors. She wasn’t easily intimidated by new adventures and failure wasn’t in her vocabulary. She courageously embarked upon all new undertakings with confidence and excitement. If she made the choice to do something, she did it — and did it exceptionally well. Dotty’s adventurous spirit led her to write a beautiful and touching memoir entitled Sky Blue Pink. She discovered that writing about her life led to an even better understanding of who she was. It provided the opportunity for her (and her readers) to revisit many of her emotions and invoke countless special memories of a life well lived through persistence, presence, and steadfast love. All those who knew Dotty will remember her incredible artistic talent as a painter. She was a successful portrait artist and dabbled in many other painting genres up until her final stages of life. She accepted several awards for her work, but that was never as important to her as why she painted — for love and self-expression. Her creativity never left her, and she had a deep gratitude for the purpose and passion that brought to her life. Doris and her husband Roy were the best of friends and incredible life partners. They were passionate about playing backgammon together and kept a little score book on their game table. They passed this love of the game down to all their children who then passed it to the grandchildren and even the great grandchildren. Humor was always included in their games as Dotty was known to “talk to her dice.” Somehow, it seemed they listened and nobody questioned it. She would laugh throughout the game with a joy that was contagious to all those lucky enough to witness. Dotty and Roy shared their love of laughter and fun and perhaps that was what kept their romance kindled until the end of their lives. They were a beautiful example of unconditional love and a happy marriage. Dotty was an integral part of creating a beautiful and strong foundation for her family and will continue to be a constant source of inspiration to all who knew and loved her. JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119 in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenfh.com

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