It is with deep sorrow, that we announce the passing of Flora Catherine Brothers on Saturday, April 7, 2018. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, sister in law, aunt, cousin and friend. Although a retired nurse, she continued to live out her days as a nurturing caregiver to others.
Flora Catherine MacDonald was born in Souris West, Prince Edward Island, Canada on July 7, 1933 to parents Joseph MacDonald and Charlotte Hughes. She spent her childhood in “Souris by the Sea” and summers in Newfoundland, Canada. Upon her graduation from Souris High School, she decided to embark upon a career in nursing. 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 “states” and made Montclair, N.J. their lifelong home. It was in NJ 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.
Flora is pre-deceased by her husband, Carl Brothers, MD and her sister, Ellen Douglas Webber. She is survived by her daughter, Carla Brothers; her son, Carl Brothers, and her grandsons, Amari Robinson and Lakota Robinson of N.J. Other surviving relatives include sister in laws, Lillian Moss of NJ, Marion Lewis of Ontario, Sandra Brothers Stephenson of NJ, Deborah Brothers of Alberta and brother in laws, Beverly Brothers, Terrence Brothers, and Dr. Cameron Brothers of Alberta. In addition to her many nieces and nephews, Flora is also survived by cousins John Hughes of Prince Edward Island, Katherine Hughes of Ontario, Norma Sims of Nova Scotia and life long friend, Emily (Connie) Stott of Nova Scotia. Lastly, Flora is survived the many friends whose hearts were deeply touched by her love and care. She will be remembered for her quiet strength, her compassion, and her commitment to the service of others. She lived a life, not by words, but through her actions.
The funeral mass will celebrate her life on Saturday, April 21 at 10am at Immaculate Conception Church, 30 North Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. A repast will follow at the Montclair Inn, 27 Hillside Avenue, Montclair. Visiting will be on Friday April 20th from 6-9pm at Caggiano Memorial, 62 Grove St, Montclair. caggianomemorial.com
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, laid to her eternal rest in Souris West, Prince Edward Island, Canada.