Jane Carolyn Brooks

Jane Carolyn BrooksRetired secretary and assistant to several Sierra Sands Unified School District (SSUSD) superintendents, Jane Carolyn Brooks, passed away January 17, 2021 at her home in Sun City, AZ, surrounded by her loving family.  She battled cancer for several months.  Born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 17, 1947 to Robert and Kathleen Bracken, the family moved to Ridgecrest when she was four-years-old.  She attended schools on the Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) at China Lake.  An avid golfer, she was the first China Lake female golfer to break a score of 80, with her best round being 74. After graduation from high school she enrolled at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and was on the women’s golf team.  In New Mexico she became Ladies Amateur Golf Champion and also gave birth to her only child, Robert Nechero.  She moved back to Ridgecrest/China Lake in 1984 and accepted the position of secretary to the SSUSD superintendent of schools.  She worked with five superintendents, the board of education, teachers, staff and parents.  She established relationships with government officials and NAWS commanders.  She was known as the “fixer” for her ability to work out issues involving various school district constituents.  A sign in her office read, “Do you want to talk to the boss, or the person who knows what’s going on?” She knew what was going on.  She was an accomplished cook and hosted many events for colleagues and family, always setting an impeccable table.  She was also an avid sports fan.  In addition to having a regular foursome at NAWS golf course, she enthusiastically followed and was knowledgeable about sports events, especially her beloved UNM Lobos.  She delighted in making bets with husband Ed on games.  She retired from SSUSD in 2010 and two years later moved to Arizona.  She is preceded in death by her husband and survived by her son Robert Nechero, granddaughter Alexis Nechero, sisters Patricia B. Gomperz, and Carolyn Cain, nephews Nathan and David Turner and Justin Thomas, niece Katelyn Thomas and several grand nephews and grand nieces.  Services are pending and interment of ashes will be at Desert Memorial Park, adjacent to the love of her life, husband Ed Brooks’ grave site.

— Submitted by the family of Jane Brooks

Story First Published: 2021-02-01