Candles. Flickr photo.

Lena Elizabeth Brooks, 57, a resident of Newfield, NY, since 2014, passed away on June 28, 2022 in Ithaca, NY with her partner, Michael Webster, near her side post complications from COVID-19 illness.

Lena is survived by her partner, Michael Webster, and their dog, Chloe, older brother Lou Estey and sister-in-law Anita Estey (CO), younger sister Carrie Brooks and brother-in-law Adam Davis (GA), nephews Brian Estey (CO), Jason Estey (MA), and Davis Brooks (GA), as well as extended family.

Lena graduated from SUNY Binghamton (now Binghamton University) with a business management degree. She had worked as an IBM accounting contractor in Owego, NY, for several years before moving to Ithaca, NY, in 1995 to work at Cornell, where she retired from her position as a Program Officer in the Division of Alumni Affairs and Development in January 2021.

Lena was a very social person wanting to spend as much time as possible with family and friends and enjoyed travel with her loved ones as well as visits to see them. She grew up on a small family farm in Barton, NY, and shared fond memories of that life and living there. She always loved music and reading and was known for her strong spirit and determination. She was proud of all her family and was a true friend to many. Her giving heart touched many lives.

Lena had been a member of the Ithaca Kiwanis group particularly supporting youth baseball for several years and she also loved to support local charities including her favorites: Toys for Tots, The Elves Program at Cornell, Ithaca SPCA of Tompkins County as well as local food banks and senior citizen programs.

A celebration of Lena’s life will be held August 20th at Taughannock Falls State Park, 1740 Taughannock Blvd, Trumansburg, NY, at Center Shelter Pavilion from 12 pm-5 pm. Contact Carrie Brooks, with any questions.

In lieu of any flowers, please make donations to: the Ithaca SPCA of Tompkins County, 1640 Hanshaw Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, the food bank at Newfield United Methodist Church, 227 Main Street, Newfield, NY 14867 or Meals on Wheels, 2422 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850. Please share your memories at, Richards Funeral Home, 3670 Waverly Road, Owego, NY 13827.

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