Obituary: Flora Catherine Brothers
Flora Catherine Brothers (nee MacDonald), of Montclair, died Saturday, April 7, 2018.
Mrs. Brothers was born in Souris West, Prince Edward Island, Canada on July 7, 1933, to Joseph MacDonald and Charlotte Hughes. She spent her childhood in “Souris by the Sea” and summers in Newfoundland, Canada.
After graduating from Souris High School, she attended the Children’s Hospital School of Nursing in Halifax, Nova Scotia, graduating in the class of 1954. While there she befriended a fellow classmate, Lillian, who introduced her to her brother, Carl Brothers. They fell in love, married and began a family. Shortly thereafter, they moved to the United States and made Montclair their lifelong home. It was in New Jersey that she renewed her nursing career, working at Orange Memorial Hospital in Orange, and St. Vincent’s Hospital, Community Hospital, and Mountainside Hospital in Montclair. She especially loved working in the pediatric wings. Thereafter, she began a career as a private duty nurse, which she continued until her retirement.
She is survived by her daughter, Carla Brothers; her son, Carl Brothers; and her grandsons, Amari Robinson and Lakota Robinson. Other surviving relatives include sister-in-laws Lillian Moss, Marion Lewis, Sandra Brothers Stephenson and Deborah Brothers; and brother-in-laws Beverly Brothers, Terrence Brothers and Dr. Cameron Brothers. In addition to her many nieces and nephews, she is also survived by cousins John Hughes, Katherine Hughes, Norma Sims and lifelong friend Emily (Connie) Stott.
Mrs. Brothers is pre-deceased by her husband, Carl Brothers, MD, and her sister, Ellen Douglas Webber.
The funeral mass will celebrate her life on Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Church, 30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair. A repast will follow at the Montclair Inn, 27 Hillside Ave., Montclair. Visitation is Friday, April 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Caggiano Memorial, 62 Grove St, Montclair.
In addition, a funeral memorial will be held at a later date at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Souris West, Prince Edward Island, Canada. As was her wish, she will be interred in Souris West.