Emily Ann Brothers


Mrs. Emily Ann Brothers, 87, of Assawoman, wife of George Brothers, passed away Oct. 20, 2019, at the Riverside Trauma Unit in Newport News.

Born Aug. 1, 1932, in Waynesburg, Ohio, she was the daughter of her late birth parents, Herbert and Audrey Farber Benson and her late adoptive parents, George E.C. Heinemann and Emily R. Farber Heinemann. She attended Kent State, Salisbury University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Wesley Seminary. Mrs. Brothers was a retired elementary school teacher and a retired United Methodist pastor. She was a member of the Virginia Annual Conference of the UMC, the second Emmaus Walk on the Eastern Shore at OOTB, and attended Assawoman United Methodist Church. Mrs. Brothers, a fourth generation French Canadian Indian, was also a proud member of the Native American Wolf Clan (People for Mother Earth) and was “generous to a fault”.

Other than her husband of 62 years, George, Mrs. Brothers is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth “Betsy” Miles and husband, Kent, of Houston, Texas; a son, Paul Brothers and wife, Anna, of Hallwood; granddaughter, Sara Blevins and husband, Randy, of Assawoman; Mary Miles and husband, Matthew Redinger, of Baltimore; three great-grandchildren; and her beloved animals, Tiny Tim, Maggie, Peaches, and Sunshine.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at 11 a.m. from the Atlantic United Methodist Church with the Rev. Hodae Kim officiating. Interment will be private.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Assawoman United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 177, Oak Hall, VA  23416 or Camp Occohannock on the Bay, 9403 Camp Lane, Belle Haven, VA 23306.

Arrangements were made by the Thornton Funeral Home in Parksley.

To sign the guest book online, visit: www.thorntonfuneralhome.net.

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