PALO PINTO - Gloria Genelle “Nell” Brooks Carpenter, of Lake Palo Pinto, Texas, passed away on Sept. 24, 2020. She was 91 years old.
Nell was born on July 14, 1929 in Roaring Springs, Texas. She was one of 10 children born to Charles Frederick Brooks and Edith Evalena (Sampson) Brooks. Nell married J.M. “Carp” Carpenter on Dec. 31, 1946 in Roaring Springs. Together, they had five children, Ronald, Retha, Reba, Rodney and Randall. They were married 63 years until Carp’s passing in 2009.
She was a lifelong homemaker. She cherished time with family and rarely missed any children’s activities. She especially looked forward to family reunions and gatherings. Time with friends was special too, whether it was a lunch outing or playing league volleyball well into her 40s. Most of all, she loved our God and was not afraid to give thanks or share praise. She loved her time of worship and was a member of Church By The Lake.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, Vivian, Ruby, Delores and Patricia, two brothers, Milton and Charles “Preacher” Brooks, son Ronald, daughter-in-law Deborah (Hefton) Carpenter, son-in-law Harry Nance and great-granddaughter Kendal Leigh Simmons.
She is survived by sister Geraldine Skaggs of Abilene, sister Mary Ann Avara and husband John of Denver City, daughter Retha Nance of Mineral Wells, daughter Reba Lawrence and husband Randy of Lake Palo Pinto, son Rodney Carpenter and wife Kathie of Stephenville, son Randall Carpenter and wife Corey of Weatherford, sister-in-law Kay (Carpenter) Spiller and husband Bob of Lake Palo Pinto, sister-in-law Betty (Carpenter) Mullins of Arlington, brother-in-law Lewis Haley Carpenter and wife Jenise of Lubbock, 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Lone Camp Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in her name to Church By The Lake Mission, 6364 S FM 4, Palo Pinto, Texas, 76484 and/or Lighthouse Mission, P.O. Box 1374, Stephenville, Texas, 76401.