JOAN FAIR BROOKS
January 12, 1930 - January 30, 2010
The Indi-Annas dedicated the 2010 show to Joan Brooks, a long-time member who passed away on January 30, 2010. Joan loved everything about music, especially performing it. She sang in the choir, played the piano and organ, and directed the bell choir for her church. When she joined the Indi-Anna Chorus in 1975, her musical talents became quickly apparent and were put to work. Joan became a section leader and music committee member. She had a very good “ear” and could pick out wrong chords and out-of-tune singing better than most of us. Joan was presented her Sweet Adeline’s 35-year pin by our director, Mary Lou, just prior to her death.
Joan’s vocal range was amazing. She sang baritone for several years until a voice coach encouraged her to try tenor. In later years she switched to bass, singing that part in the chorus and the Sojjourners quartet. She was the driving force behind the Sojjourners and kept everyone on their toes, right up until her health prevented any further performances or rehearsals. Last year’s show was her last performance.
During her working years, Joan was a secretary to local attorneys. She was well organized and very accurate. These skills were put to good use in the Indi-Anna governing board. She served as president of the chorus, treasurer of the chorus, board member and ad chairman and produced the programs for the annual show.
Always generous, Joan made learning tapes for the bass singers. She also provided tape recorders for members who needed them. She used her sewing skills to help with costumes and turned discarded costumes into quilts for her family.
One of the unusual facts that Joan liked to share was that she and her husband, Bill, had ridden across the country on a motorcycle! Family was very important to Joan. She was the youngest of 5 sisters (only her brother was younger). Fair family reunions were an annual event. Bill and Joan were very proud of their own children, daughter Sharon and son Jim. She delighted in her grandchildren, spending much time taking them on excursions and making quilts for them. Joan appreciated her family and was dedicated to them. The Indi-Anna's bid a fond farewell to Joan, and her memory will be treasured in our hearts.
MARTHA J. "MARTY" FRICK
February 2, 1936 – August 21, 2009
We have chose to dedicate our show, “CELEBRATE!,” to Marty Frick, a long-time member who died in August after a valiant 2-year battle with cancer. What could be more appropriate than to celebrate the life of this lovely lady?
Marty joined the Indi-Annas in 1979 and would have received her 30-year pin this year. For many years Marty was our costume chairperson, and under her guidance the committee would choose a pattern, select and purchase the fabric and then Marty would tirelessly assist everyone with cutting and sewing the outfits. For at least 15 years Marty was one of our front row “dancing grandmothers.” After one of our shows Marty joyously announced to chorus members that her mother was shocked and surprised to see her own daughter dancing in the front row.
One of our members described Marty as “a beautiful woman—inside and out.” A dedicated Christian, Marty approached life with joy. She had a 100-watt smile and bubbly laughter. She always had stories to tell to her passengers while on the road to Regional Competition about “the girls” (granddaughters) and “the boys” (grandsons). She truly loved her grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them and was very proud of them, as she was proud of all her family.
In 2008 after several months of treatment, Marty was once again singing. She was behind the wheel in April, driving chorus members to competition for Region 17. How delighted the chorus was to win third place small chorus medals and a trophy for most improved chorus! A big part of that thrill was having Marty on stage with us again.
Marty, the Sweetest Adeline, had a beautiful lead voice, always knew her music, danced with grace, shared her talents, and was friendly and loving to her singing sisters. She will be most definitely missed.