Her former employer, Donald Cady, praised McBroom.
"She really made this business go for years," Cady said. "She was like our mom here. She was truly a motivating force and she knows how business works. She kept all of us and our customers in line. She did what she was supposed to do to make everything run smoothly.
"But she was always a mother to her kids first, before anything else," Cady said. "When they have situations that require a mother's attention, that is where her attention always is."
McBroom, 64, was a stay-at-home mother when her three children were growing up. Her son Mark lives in Calipatria and her son Matt lives in Imperial.
"She was always there when we got home from school and she was always listening," Dee said. "When I got home late from activities in high school we always talked. She didn't always agree with everything I did. A couple of times she let me fall and then she would pick me up. You have to do that with your children.
"She has always been my best friend. There was never a time that she wasn't. She is very, very intuitive. She has amazing intuition. I think it is one of her gifts. A lot of people seek her out."
The two women spend much of their free time together. They go on almost daily walks and often watch television together in McBroom's room. McBroom is in charge of cooking and Dee does the baking. The women clean house together.
"I have always had a bond with Dee," McBroom said. "We both had a difficult time when we lived away from each other for a few years. God blessed Dee with a wonderful husband. He is such a good man, very low key. He is very respectful and kind to me. It is just a pleasure to live with them. They always include me in everything."
McBroom enjoys all her grandchildren: Mallory and Marshal McBroom in Calipatria, Joshua Oldfield in Texas and Adam.
"They are very loving grandchildren," McBroom said. "They are absolutely wonderful and unique. I have just been so blessed."