With a Facebook post about their daughter’s flag-draped casket shared more than 200,000 times, the Oklahoma City family of Brooke Newton has asked NonDoc to publish a statement for media and members of the public.
Newton died Aug. 30 in San Diego while serving in the U.S. Navy, and the results of an autopsy are pending.
Her funeral was Friday in Newcastle.
Newton’s family said they hope “any news story reflects the content of our message to respect our privacy and honor Brooke.”
They have created a memorial Facebook page, and their statement follows:
It was nice to know our baby girl was surrounded by love and kindness on her final flight home. She was an Oklahoma girl that loved her family, friends, fellow shipmates and serving her country. She was a tender and delightful soul that enjoyed watching her favorite sports teams play (Dallas Cowboys & San Antonio Spurs), traveling and new adventures, eating her dad’s home cooked meals, visiting the fire station, fishing with her papa and cousins, shopping, going to concerts and being a friend to all animals and a lover of oldies music.
There will be a forever ache in our hearts, but we know she’s watching us from heaven, and we will see her again someday.
Thank you to those who came from near and far to honor our Brooke yesterday. The service was a loving tribute to the 25 years God gave her to us… filled with beautiful pink flowers, her favorite songs and special memories shared through words and pictures. The pastor’s message of peace and hope was inspired by Brooke’s writings in her personal journal. The service was held in the church her great papa built many decades ago.
The Patriot Guard Riders were there to ensure dignity and respect for our sailor girl. The Navy was present with honors including a 21 gun salute. The Tinker Fire Department and their families, whom she loved dearly, came out in full support to cherish her memory.
Special thanks to Wilson-Little Funeral Home, Woodland Hills Baptist Church & Pastor Bruce, Darlene’s Flowers and Raspberries N Creme.
Words cannot express our gratitude to those who have comforted us at this time with flowers, cards, meals and kind words. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we try to navigate this next chapter without our baby girl. We also request that everyone respects our privacy at this time.
Misty Garrett and Billy & Noelle Newton