Waterville - Brooke Ann McGowan Talbot, born September 27, 1982, passed away March 7, 2022 - and that means our family has lost the best of us.\r\nBrooke left the world in much the same way she lived in it: with unmatched fight and determination, with her husband, brother, and parents steadfastly by her side, and with the voices of the people she loved so much still in her ears.\r\nIt was a fitting way to spend her last moments, because everyone who knew Brooke knew that the most important things to her were loyalty and love. \r\nWe can say without hesitation that her family was the love of her life. To be clear, being an aunt was where Brooke felt most fulfilled. Her niece and nephews talked to her several times a day, giggling, joking, and reveling in each other's love. Her laugh and her 'snuddles' will be most missed by auntie's boys who were so dearly loved by her as her own children.\r\nMeeting Brooke for the first time could be described as both comfortable and disorienting in a sense that it felt so natural. She never met a stranger and magnetically pulled everyone together. Brooke had a way of connecting us all. Despite her profound absence, she has continued to gift us with so many connections that feel familiar, though we may have not even met in person yet. \r\nIt was so, so easy to love our Brookie. She was sparkly and warm, always with open arms, a listening ear, and easy words of comfort. If you ever needed anything, you could call on Brooke. Her laugh still resonates in our heads and was undeniably contagious. She was calm and knew how to solve a crisis if it involved someone she loved. So many of the people who have reached out to give their condolences have mentioned her laugh, light, and how she was always there for them.\r\nWhile we've established that family was Brooke's first love, travel and nice hotels with Jonathan were a very close second. She loved food that came with vacation and the sunshine on her skin. She sunburned easily while laughing at how tan Jonathan always seemed to be. She was always trying something new at fancy restaurants. However, Brooke could just as easily settle in with hotel slippers.\r\nBrooke was an incredibly driven and hard worker and felt such fulfillment with her team's continued success at T-Mobile. She was like a proud mom of the people she mentored so diligently and watching them grow individually was one of her biggest joys. \r\nDuring the summers, you could always find her in the sunshine. She loved to swim at her in-law's house with her beloved pups, Penny and Lucy, always nearby. If it was hot, Brooke was poolside without a worry in the world.\r\nUnfortunately, with Brooke leaving the earth too soon, the list of people left behind in lengthy and sad. She is survived by her parents Eileen Wright and Matt & Julie McGowan, husband Jonathan Talbot, brother Lucas McGowan, his wife Ann, and their three kids Colby, Durham, and Ellis McGowan, her in-laws Mike & Cindy Talbot, and her two dogs Penny and Lucy. So many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends will feel a void for far too long.\r\nA fierce family, dog, work, sports, and travel lover, Brooke was everyone's favorite girl, and could find something in common with anyone. The world moving forward is a bit darker and quieter without her infectious laugh, bright smile, encompassing hugs, and thoughtful conversation.\r\nShe put herself last, caring for others not because she had to, but because that's what made her happy.\r\nAnd that, in the end, is who Brooke was: love and light, walking amongst us.\r\nRest in peace, Brooke, and know how deeply you are missed.\r\nA celebration of life will be held at a later date.\r\nArrangement are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed condolences and memories shared at www.gallantfh.com \r\nIn lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Waterville Area Animal Shelter, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, Maine or charity of your choice.