Troy Nell DeBusk daughter of William
Hayden DeBusk and Emma Rena Burlison was born 29 Oct 1922 in Pearson,
Cleburne County, Arkansas and died 12 Jul 2013 at Good Samaritan
Society, Wagner, Charles Mix County, South Dakota. She married Dr
Bruce T. Brookman 04 Apr 1946. He was born 19 Jul 1915 and died 08 May
1993. They are both buried at ZCBJ Cemetery, Wagner, Charles Mix
County, South Dakota.
Obituary Troy Nell DeBusk
Funeral services are 10:30 A.M,
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Wagner.
Burial is in the ZCBJ Cemetery, rural Wagner, with Military Honors.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM with the family present from
6 to 7 at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Wagner.
Brookman was born October 29, 1922 at Pearson, AR, the daughter of
William Hyden and Emma Rena (Burlison) DeBusk. She died Friday, July
12, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society in Wagner. She attained the age
of 90 years, eight months and 13 days. Troy Nell was raised in
Arkansas and graduated from the University of Tennessee School of
Nursing as a registered nurse in 1944.
Troy Nell served in the
Army Nurse Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant from April, 1945 to June, 1946.
She worked as a psychiatric nurse until the conclusion of WWII. Her
patients in the psychiatric wards made a profound effect on her for
the rest of her life. She was very proud of her military service and
was a charter member of Women In Military Service for America. It was
while working as an army nurse that she met a handsome young doctor,
Bruce T. Brookman. They were married on April 2, 1946 in Augusta, GA.
Dr. Brookman initially practiced in Chamberlain, SD and in Blythville,
Arkansas before the family returned to Wagner, SD in 1952, to join the
medical practice of Dr. Richard Honke.
Troy Nell was involved
in many activities. She was a long time member of the United Methodist
Church and a charter member of the Wagner Historical Society. She was
also active in in Chapter W. PEO; Hospital Auxiliary, Wagner Library
Board and the American Legion. She and Dr. Brookman were Wagner Labor
Day parade marshals in 1974 and jointly received the “Community
Service Award”, given by VFW Auxiliary in 1975. She was also co-editor
of the “News and Views” newsletter at the Good Samaritan center for
Troy Nell accompanied Bruce on numerous hunting
and fishing trips and travels over the years. She was an avid reader,
having learned to read at the age of three. It was an overwhelming joy
to her all of her life. Her family was the most important part of her
Thankful for sharing her life are her daughter, Janelle
(Steve) Cowan, Sioux Falls; daughter, Rosemary (Stanley) Peters of
Wagner; and son, Phillip (Brenda) Brookman, Apple Valley, MN; seven
grandchildren: Chad (Lisa) Peters, Jennifer (Tom) Sedlacek, Jacob
(Jessica) Peters, Angela (Chad) Meyer, Melissa Brookman, Justin
Brookman, Brook (Christina) Nelson; nine great-grandchildren: Drew
Delvaux; Talia, Spencer and Jaden Peters; Emma, Addison and Jace
Sedlacek; Dani Meyer and Dawson Peters.
She was preceded in
death by her husband and one daughter, Karen Nelson.