Memorial Services will be held Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 12 Noon in the Carl M. Williams Chapel. No Viewing.
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It is with a heavy heart that I find myself writing this email and attempting to summarize what Brooke meant to me. It's an impossible task to try to capture her wonderful spirit, her caring nature, and how much she was loved in a few words.... but I will try.
I remember the day that Brooke was born. It was on May 8th which that year was Mother's Day. I was so excited and thrilled that Brooke came into this world on such a fitting and appropriate day. She was a beautiful and perfect baby girl born to loving parents on that very special occasion. I remember calling and asking my sister if the hospital was going to send in news cameras and bring her a gift like a year's worth of diapers or something like that! Yoli gently reminded me that this was only done for babies born on January 1, and not on Mothers' Day! Nonetheless, Brooke's birth was very special to us all and she was welcomed with open arms and loving hearts. My father Renee was also thrilled and drove down from Queens, NY specially to meet his new granddaughter. He was absolutely over the moon and adored her from day one. Brooke joined her brother Kenneth Jr. and began life in the suburbs of Atlanta
A few years later, Christopher Jon Suffern was born into the family. The 3 siblings were very close and attended schools and events together. After a while, they knew what each other was thinking and could almost finish each other's sentences. Something that they all had in common was they were very bright, ambitious, and wanted to live the good life!.
Fast forward to Brooke's attending the Culinary Arts Institute of Atlanta. Brooke was always a good student throughout elementary and high school however she took an early interest in the culinary arts and decided to make that her career. She applied and was immediately accepted to attend that renowned institution. It was like a duck taking to water....she found her niche! She learned quickly, and excelled at preparing food that was both delicious and looked incredible on the plate. Garmachier was a specialty of hers which required specialized knife and carving skills. She could do it all.
I was so proud when she got a job at The Ritz Carlton in Buckhead. I used to call her a chef but being modest, she said that she was just a cook! But a great cook at that. She even invented the Smoothie of the Day which she made from scratch and with her secret ingredients. It was a very popular beverage among the regulars and and one that she enjoyed preparing.
During her career, she also worked at the Mandarin Oriental and at The Shepherd's Center. At her last job at the center, what she really enjoyed was helping people. She told me that over and over again. However unfortunately she felt that she was not appreciated for her superior culinary skills. We had a huge laugh when she told me that a fellow cook told her that she "cooked with twigs". I asked if they meant fresh herbs? She said yes. I told her that she should write a book entitled " Cooking with Twigs' ' I told her that it would be a bestseller!
In closing, all of us have experienced life's many ups and downs and Brooke did as well. She had her great loves, her happy times, and her disappointments. However, Brooke stayed true to herself and loved and was loved deeply by her family, friends, and most of all her loving parents. Brooke was a gift to us, taken away too early. She will be missed.
~A Mother's Heart
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