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Kristan Susan Brooks, 47, of Burnsville, NC, passed on Monday, March 19th, 2018 in her home surrounded by her loving family after a fearless 7 year battle with Metastatic Breast Cancer. She entered the care of Hospice of Yancey County on March 2nd, 2018.
Born in Washington, D.C. on September 26th, 1970, she was the daughter of Rebecca "Becky" Stiles (James) and Bruce T. McDonald (Bernadine). She was raised in Pomfret, Maryland and graduated from McDonough High School in 1988. After graduation, she began her career as a U.S. Federal Government employee at Naval Ordinance Station, Indian Head, Maryland. Kristan moved to Burnsville, NC in 1998. Kristan retired from the Veteran's Administration Hospital in 2014 due to her illness. She enjoyed crafts, animals, the beach, gardening and anything related to her children's activities, especially sports.
In addition to her parents and step-parents, Kristan is survived by her beloved children, Grady Dean and Grace Mae of Burnsville; brother, Craig McDonald (Tracey) of Burnsville; half-sister, Maureen Kisner of Newburg, MD; step-sisters, Linda Ose (Wendell) of Herndon, VA and Kristy Shanahan of Newburg, MD; beloved bulldog Winston and bassets, Pumpkin and Patch; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and devoted friends.
She is predeceased by her step-brother, James Dean "Jamie" Stiles; maternal grandparents, Audrey and Keith Goolsby and paternal grandparents, Walter McDonald and Elizabeth Swanner.
Kristan's greatest joy in life were her two children. Her love for Grady and Grace gave her the will and courage to fight so ferociously to survive. Despite hardship and heartache, she stayed strong for them.
Family and friends may visit from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23rd at Yancey Funeral Services at 378 Charlie Brown Road, Burnsville, NC 28714. A Celebration of Life Service will be held following the visitation at 7 p.m. Pastor Steve Grindstaff will officiate. In lieu of flowers, a special account has been set up for the children at SECU, payable to Susan Stevens at PO Box 1179, Burnsville, NC 28714.