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Memorial for Carolyn Marie Brooks

Born in Eugene, Oregon on Jul. 16, 1930
Departed on Jul. 20, 2019 and resided in Albany, Oregon.

Carolyn M Brooks
July 16, 1930 - July 20, 2019

Long-time Klamath Falls resident Carolyn Marie Brooks (nee Ustick) died in Albany, Oregon on July 20, 2019 with family by her side. She had just turned 89 that week. She was born July 16, 1930 in Eugene, Oregon to Joy Abbott Ustick and Freda (Kuhns) Ustick. She had an older sister Norma Neely and a younger brother David Ustick. The family moved to Klamath Falls in 1934 and Carolyn wound up living most of her life in Klamath County. She graduated from KUHS in 1948.

She married Robert “Bob” Harold Cline on June 25, 1949 and they had three children, Terry, Chase and Judy. Bob died in a plane crash in July 1962 at the age of 36.

She married Eldon Albert “Buck” Burgdorf on June 1, 1965 and they had one child, Edward Albert Burgdorf. Buck died in December 1990.

She married Erwin Thomas “Tom” Brooks in March 1992. Tom died in November 2007.

During her lifetime, Carolyn was primarily a homemaker, but she also worked as a telephone operator, insurance claims clerk, and a veterinary assistant at various times. And she wound up running the Burgdorf ranch in Bonanza, Oregon, especially as her husband became ill.

The most enjoyable hobby in her life was as an amateur radio (ham) operator. She received her first license in 1957 (call number W7IRF); her most recent call letters were AB7ET. She belonged to numerous radio organizations, and in 1993 she became founder and president of the local Quarter Century Wireless Association.

She is predeceased by her parents and both siblings, and all three husbands.

She is survived by her children who all live in Oregon - Terry Cline in Beaverton, Chase Cline and his wife Ginny in Veneta, Judy Cline in Springfield, Ed Burgdorf and wife Christy in Albany, as well as five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local Hospice in her memory.

A celebration of her life will be announced later.

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