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Born 1928 in Little River, SC, She was the only child to Mina Bellamy-Smith and the oldest to Henry Brooks. She attended Horry County Schools. Monki”, as she is affectionately called departed this life on Monday, January 25, 2021. She was formally married to James Pertell, Sr. where two children were born in this union Ivey Jean and James Pertell, Jr. (Rose). A few years later two more daughters, Sudie and Loretta were born. Since the tender age of six she raised her oldest granddaughter Vanesa as her own. Her eldest two children and granddaughter has preceded her in death. She is the proud grandmother of nine grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. She also leaves in cherish her beloved brothers Verne M. Brooks (Katie), Rosco Brooks (Sarah), Bobby E. (Thelathia) Bailey, Exabriel A. Brooks, and Henry Brooks two sisters, Laura R. (Lee) Harvell, Dorothy M. Brook-Alston, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
While working in Sterile Supply at Conway Medical Center, she earned extra money babysitting for Dr. Brad L. Courtney’s for ten years where she helped raise five of his children. She also was a Nanny for Mr. & Mrs. Willis Duncan’s children, the former President of Conway National Bank for nine years. Listen to this: After 46 years of employment at the hospital, Monki, said she was retiring, but we know that not to be true, because she continues to be a Nanny to McKinley and Bennett, the daughters of Dr. and Mrs. Stuart Haskins for about twenty years. When asked if she would consider taking on new clients to care for, she said, ‘I would love to, if God continues to give me strength. However, I am not taking on any open invitations at this point.”
She has been a faithful member at Bethel AME Church for 50 plus years where she has served as a trustee, usher, a choir member and one of the spunky seniors in the Senior Circle. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, relaxing, and getting up every morning at 4:30 a.m. to head out to Wal-Mart and Bi-Lo where she can be found buying bananas until her health begins to fail. We believe this is how she was coined the name, “Monki”. She also frequents Tyler’s produce gathering Mustard or Collard greens, where on any given Sunday, if you want to find her children or grandchildren, they will be at Mama’s or Grandmama’s table feasting up on the delectable!
As the matriarch of the family, Ivey Ruth Pertell is guided by her strength in the Lord. Her favorite Bible verses is 23rd Psalm (The Lord is my Shepherd, and I shall not want) and John 14 (Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled). If asked, “How are you doing today? Her response would be: Well, I am doing the best I can, thanks the Lord” As we know, that is all we can do, the best we can with the help of the Lord!
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