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Edith Irene (Yates) Brothers

February 19, 1924 ~ August 24, 2018 (age 94)
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Edith Irene Brothers was born on February 19, 1924 in Roxbury Massachusetts. She was the daughter of the late Dolan B Yates and Edith (Burgess) Yates. Her mother died shortly after she was born. Her father later married the late Irene (Jones) Yates who raised her along with her two sisters Mary Yates and Dolores Williams (Robert) and her brother Frank Yates (Thomasine) from that union who all preceded her in death.

Edith was raised in Roxbury and graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School. After high school she married the love of her life, the late State Representative Alfred S Brothers Senior. Their union lasted 60 years until his death in 2002.  Edith and Al loved to travel, they visited most of the United States, Canada and the Virgin Islands. They truly enjoyed each other’s company.   She was very active in her husband’s campaigns for State Representative.  She wrote many of his speeches and was a true help mate.

Edith was an outspoken advocate for causes she believed in and was active in community affairs including serving on her local PTA, Den Mother for her sons Cub Scout pack, she assisted her mother in the operation of the Freedom House nursery school and many other activities. Her father was the Choir Director at St. Marks Church and she shared his love of music. She was a member of the St. Mark’s junior and senior choir as she grew up. She was a faithful servant of the Lord and later became a member of Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury where she joined the senior choir. She remained active in Twelfth Baptist Church until she moved to Chicago and joined the Apostolic Church of God where she worshiped until she moved to Victory Center, an Assisted Living Facility twenty minutes from her Donna.

Her health deteriorated she moved into an assisted living facility where she could receive the care she required. She soon became the spokeswoman for fellow residents’ concerns and was admired by management for her advocacy. She participated in most of the facility’s programs and including as a member of the Victory Center choir.

Edith Irene Brothers is survived by her son, Dr. Alfred S. (Sandra) Brothers Jr. of Spencerville, Indiana and daughter Donna E. (William) Jones of Chicago Illinois; three grandchildren Alfred S (Christa) Brothers III of Fort Wayne Indiana, Barbara Ann Brothers of Arlington Massachusetts and Monica Anne Jones of Chicago Illinois and two great-grandchildren, Ebony Brothers and Jayden Brothers; nieces Karen (Gary) Daniels. Adrian (Warren) McClure, Patricia Haley, Pamela Graham and Irene (Courtney) Young; nephews Dr. Reginald Brothers and Fredrick Williams. She will be very warmly remembered by cousins Hugh Price, Dr. Klein price and Mary Johnston and a host of friends.


Interment will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Massachusetts on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 12:45 AM. 

Memorial Service will also be on Friday, September 7th at 3:30 PM from Twelfth Baptist Church, 160 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119.

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Arrangements entrusted to George Lopes Funeral Home, 821 Cummins Highway, Mattapan, MA 02126.

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