Nancy Brookshire

Born: Tue., Apr. 22, 1952
Died: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 17, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 17, 2017
Location: Wards Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Dec. 18, 2017
Location: Harmony Hall Baptist Church

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Nancy Gesinski Brookshire age 65, while slumbering next to the love of her life, Dwight, peacefully left this world for a place of Glory on Friday morning December 15, 2017.

Imagine the surprise of mother, Esther, and father, Edward Gesinski when they realized their parenting was beginning again after Jerry (18) and Carol (9).  Nancy was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Nancy attended and graduated from St. Joan Antida High School, where she filled her days with twirling batons and skating of the ice and roller variety.

A few years later in a platinum blonde wig, Nancy married Larry John of Milwaukee, which brought a curly haired, Christine, then the perfect baby boy, Bradley, into the world. Both of whom she’d impart her amazing work ethic, among many other admirable traits.  Throughout the adolescence of Christine & Brad, Nancy played the role of Room Mom, Team Mom, Girl Scout Leader, and Y Club Advisor, just to name a few.

Many of the early years of her marriage took place on the back of their Kawasaki or Honda Gold Wing motorcycles visiting places like Kansas City, Mount Rushmore, and camping at Eagle River.

On the 20th of December 1992 Nancy married Dwight Brookshire, the man that would become her partner in crime for the remainder of her days. Side by side for 25 years they served each other, their families, their church (from youth to seniors), their USPS co-workers, and any other needy soul they met along the way. Dwight was a good sport to any crazy idea Nancy might have devised, up to even playing a butler for the tea parties she would throw for the little girls in the family. Nancy’s love for Dwight’s children ran deep and strong as it did for her own.  To them, they were all simply their kids.

Nancy continued her love of traveling with Dwight. Together they went to DC, Reno, Buffalo, Nashville, Grapevine, New Orleans, Charleston, and National Harbor, Maryland, just to name a few.

The one thread that ran through Nancy’s entire life was the role she played in the kitchen.  Her love language spilled out over the top of boiling pots and clung to wooden spoons like magic. If you came near her, you would be fed. What we all learned over time was that while we thought she was feeding our appetite, it was our souls she was filling with love and nutrition it needed. Food was her ministry and humankind was her church.

Nancy is preceded in death by parents Edward and Esther Gesinski, brother, Jerry, father in law, Bud Brookshire, and children Scott Brookshire and Christopher Brookshire.

Survivors include: husband, Eddie Dwight Brookshire; children, Christine (John) Fuller, Brad (Tara) John, Tammy Braswell, Melanie Brookshire Simmons, and Corey Brookshire; grandchildren: Jillian (Matt) Warman, Amanda Braswell, Danielle Braswell, Shane Simmons, Callie Simmons, Shelbie Brookshire, Gabe Fuller, and Katlyn Fowler; and great grandchild, Iris Warman;   mother in law, Ola Brookshire; sister, Carol Hinman and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 am Monday, December 18, 2017 at Harmony Hall Baptist Church. The family will receive friends Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Ward’s Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to: Harmony Hall Baptist Church, 4160 Mangum Mill Rd, Gainesville, Georgia 30507 OR National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter, 950 East Paces Ferry Road NE, Suite 110, Atlanta, GA 30326, or online at

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Stacey Hodges
   Posted Sat December 16, 2017

PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Christine’s Girls.

We will all deeply miss you, Nancy. You were a mother to us all. We pray that God wraps Dwight, Christine and Brad in his arms with peace, strength and healing. With deepest love, The Girls, Emily, Karmon, Jennifer, Ashley, Haley, Jessie, Melody and Stacey

Phil Burgess
   Posted Sat December 16, 2017
Dwight and Family,
Jenny and I are so saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Nancy, We were just speaking of ya'll yesterday. May God bring you peace and understanding. She will be dearly missed by her family and the numerous friends she has met during her employment as Postmaster with the USPS. I know she was looking forward to her retirement in the near future. Please let us know if you guys need ANYTHING.
Your Friends,
Phil and Jenny Burgess

Angie Perryman
   Posted Sat December 16, 2017

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Tim, Angie, Seth, and Sam Perryman.

Brad, We are so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers. Love, Tim, Angie, Seth, and Sam Perryman

Sandra Mettlen
   Posted Sat December 16, 2017
So sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. I wish I could be there but I'm not able to come. All my love to y'all.

Shelia & Howard Williams
   Posted Sat December 16, 2017
Dwight we are so sorry of the loss of your precious wife. Nancy was a wonderful lady. I don't think we have ever seen her when she wasn't smiling. I remember when I was having MS Testing and you and Nancy came over and she was so helpful and made me feel like it wasn't the end of the world. We want you to know that we are thinking about you and you are in our prayers. We love you Dwight.

Sandra Raymond
   Posted Mon December 18, 2017
Dear Christine,

We were all extremely saddened to hear of your beloved Mom's sudden passing. All of us here at the Lupus Foundation of America stand by your side as you mourn the loss of your mother and want you to know that you and your family are in our hearts and prayers.


Gail & Billy Emmett
   Posted Mon December 18, 2017
Dear Dwight,
Billy and I are so sorry for your loss of Nancy. You two were always so good and friendly to us at Harmony. We will always remember your love toward us. We were at the funeral today but was not able to stay and speak to you personally. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying that God will give you the grace to go through this sad time.

Marilyn Welch
   Posted Wed December 20, 2017
Nancy was such a sweet person. I always enjoyed talking to her and her helping with the meals at First Christian. She will be missed by so many. Our prayers go out to you her family.

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