Catherine E. Brookins, 80, of New Milford, formerly of Danbury, died Nov. 14 at Danbury Hospital. She was the widow of Raymond L. Brookins.

She was born Sept. 29, 1932, in Pound Ridge, N.Y., a daughter of the late Stanley and Frances Ready. She had been a Danbury resident for more than 45 years until moving to New Milford in 2002.

Mrs. Brookins was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church in Danbury.

Her love for children was evident, as she owned and operated her own Day Care Center in Danbury for many years.

Mrs. Brookins is survived by a daughter, Tammy L. DeSantis, and her husband, Charles, of New Milford; a son, Stanley L. Brookins, of Bennington, Vt.; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Robert B. Brookins.

Burial was in Beck Hill Cemetery in Lewisboro, N.Y.

The Green Funeral Home in Danbury was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, 5 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury CT 06811.