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June Brooks born June 24, 1924 passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2010. Surviving her are her children, William Ben Brooks and his wife Lisa Masters of Brooklyn, New York, Rebecca Brooks Brawley and her husband Wade of Nichols Hills, Claudia Brooks Kittrell and her husband Stan of Ardmore; grandchildren, Rachel Brooks Brawley of Berea, Ohio, Wm. Parker Brawley, Christopher Brooks Chappell, Phares Causey of Nichols Hills, and Emily Rebecca Kittrell of Oklahoma City. She is also survived by her brother, Major Brooks of Palm Springs, California; and one darling great grandchild, Heidi Brooke. She was a member of the Interstate Oil Compact Commission and the American Assn. of Petroleum Landmen. In 1975 she was the only woman delegate to the World Petroleum Congress in Tokyo. That conference motivated her to go on the road preaching energy independence for the United States. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the Independent Petroleum Assn. of America and received the 1978 Special Service Award for Distinguished Service from the American Assn. of Petroleum Landmen. She received the Outstanding Woman in Energy Award from Women in Energy, the Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Petroleum Council and the Oklahoma Petroleum Council Speakers Bureau Award 1978 through 1982. In 1982 she was one of the first eight women inducted into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame by the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. That same year she received the Women in the News Award from the Oklahoma Hospitality Club. She received the Pioneer Woman of the Year Award in 1984 at the Marland Mansion Renaissance Ball in Ponca City. Dr. John Robinson, chairman of the E.W. Marland Estate Commission said, "The Commission is pleased to recognize June Brooks as the 1984 Pioneer Woman recipient. She represents the spirit of all of our pioneer women, who continue to contribute so much to our state and nation." In 2005 she was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Energy Advocates during the 13th annual Energy Policy Conference in Denver, Colorado. On June 9, 2007 at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City she was honored in A Salute to Oklahoma's Energy Past by Oklahoma's Energy Advocates. She was interviewed and appears in Glenda Carlile's book Astronauts, Athlete & Ambassadors, Oklahoma Women from 1950 to 2007, published in 2007 in celebration of the 2007 Oklahoma Centennial. Services are Thursday, September 2, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 516 McLish Street, Ardmore, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to Cross Timbers Hospice of Ardmore (580-223-0655) or St. Philips Episcopal Church, (580-226-2191) Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 1, 2010
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