Florence Young Brooks, 85, a retired supervisory clerk with the Army Finance Center's transportation division, died Wednesday at Providence Hospital of complications from arteriosclerosis.

Mrs. Brooks, a native of Washington, graduated from the old M Street High school and the old Miners Teachers College. She taught school in Prince George's County for several years before joining the Bureau of the Census in 1930.

She also worked for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing before transferring to the Army Finance Center in 1929. When the center was moved to Indianapolis about four years before her retirement, Mrs. Brooks maintained a home there, in addition to her Washington residence. She then returned here when she retired in 1959.

Mrs. Brooks was active in the Plymouth Congregational Church, where she was a member of the choir, the Service Club, the Missionary Society and the Christian Endeavor organization.

Her husband, Thomas H. Brooks, a government employe also known as the singing waiter at Harvey's Restaurant here, died in 1962.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Jackson and Betty A. Brooks, both of Washington, and Beverly Y. Brooks of Mattapan, Mass.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions in her name to the United Negro College Fund.