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Pauline Yates Brillant


1939 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Pauline Yates Brillant Obituary
Pauline "Polly" Yates Brillant

1939 - 2016 Pauline Yates Brillant, loving mother and grandmother passed away at her home in Alabaster, AL., after 40 year long battle with crohn disease and cancer. Polly has been such a fighter all her life, with her health, with her job, with her organizations, with her family, her home, and her life, she is now resting in peace, it is hard to be such a strong person for so long. Polly, you will be missed by all of us. Death hits us hard, the grief will ease, but our love to you will continue forever. Polly graduated from Bellows Falls High School, class of 1957. Polly went on to marry Lorenzo "Pete" Brillant, who survives, they had just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on March 4, 2016. Polly was born to parents Donald E. Sr., & Margaret Bordeaux Yates in Bellows Falls on January 25, 1939. Polly is survived by her two daughters Josephine Brillant, Colchester, VT., and Paulette Brillant, Helena, AL. A grandson, Hugh Brillant and granddaughter Lily Sue Brillant, both of Birmingham, AL. Polly is also survived by her sister, Florence Y. Storey, Brattleboro, VT., and daughter, sue of Hinesburg, VT., brothers Donald E. Yates, Jr., Barre, VT., Frederick W. Yates and wife Lorraine, Westminster, VT., and daughter Bethany, Rockingham, VT., and Roswell P. Yates, Virginia City, VA. After graduation Polly started working at Moore Thompson Paper Company in their Accounting Department, then to J.J. Newberry's Store in Bellows Falls, while employed there, Polly and her best friend Sandra Mellish Adams traveled to Rutland, Burlington, St. Johnsbury, setting up and organizing J.J. Newberry's Stores. shortly after Polly and Pete started and owned Brillants TV Repair and Service Store for many years. While there Polly was emploed at Vineyard Brands Vine Co. in Chester as Account Manager, before Vineyard Brands moved to Birmingham, AL as their Accountant Supervisor, retiring 27 years later, in Alabaster. Polly's greatest treasure was spending their vacations and part of her retirement at their summer home in Morgan, VT., over looking Lake Seymour. Fishing on Lake Seymour was the time of Pete and Polly's worlds contest on who got the most fish and of course the biggest. Polly was a member of the United Church of Christ, Bellows Falls since childhood. A very active member of the Order of Eastern Start, Alpha Chapter No. 53, where she served in every office and served for six years as its worthy Matron, was made a life member this year after over 46 years. Polly and her mother, Margaret, were also very active in the American Legion Auxiliary Unit Post #37, where Polly served as Chapter President, that year receiving several outstanding awards as the best in the state. FUNERAL SERVICE: Funeral services will be held, April 23, 2016, Saturday, at the United Church of Bellows Falls, School Street, starting at 11a.m.. A short memorial service will be performed by the Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary. After the service a short reception will be held in the United Church Meeting room downstairs with light refreshments. There will be no calling hours with burial at a later date in convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Polly's name can be made to the American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 304, Alicia Roberts, Treasurer, Bellows Falls, VT., 05101.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Apr. 21, 2016
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