Imogene Elizabeth Bynum Brothers, Was born near Moody's Chapel, Al
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toona, Alabama , on Sept. 15, 1918. After attending Altoona High School, she went on to the University of Alabama, from which she graduated with a degree in library science. In 1941, Gene married Ernest Hoyt (Pete) Brothers from just down the road in Blount County. The newlyweds lived in Auburn while Pete completed his bachelor's degree. Following graduation in 1943, Pete was commissioned in the U.S. Army, and they moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Among other civic and church duties, Gene volunteered as a Cub Scout den mother and was responsible for breaking the color barrier in the local pack by fighting to get a young African American boy admitted. That struggle left an indelible impression on her young sons. In 1958, Gene returned to teaching as head librarian at Salem High School, in Salem, New Jersery. It had been some time since her first teaching job in Bug Tussle, Alabama. She imparted her love of learning and reading on to countless students, and ultimately to her two sons as well. Gene would consider that, her greatest legacy. Pete and Gene moved to Flemington, New Jersey in 1970, where she continued her library work until retiring in 1979. They moved back to Alabama on June 30, 1979--30 years to the day since they left. They remodeled Pete's old home place, just three miles from where Gene was born. The the next 18 years, Gene devoted herself to her grandchildren. She took great delight in each one, and instilled in them her love of reading. She was deeply involved in her church activities, tutoring and social work. Pete passed away in 1994. Gene joined Michael and his family in Florida in 1999, following hip surgery. She lived with them until passing away peacefully on Feb. 19, 2013, at age 94. Even in death, she was thinking of others. Gene and Pete donated their bodies for medical research. In a couple of years she will return home to Moody's Chapel, Alabama. Gene is survied by her two sons; Michael (Kathryn) and Dan (Fran), six grandchildren; (Jordan, McKenzie, Brenda, Sterling, Spencer, and Beth, Four great grandchildren and one nephew. Condolences may be shared for the family at www.dalewoodwardfuneralhomes.com
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Mar. 5, 2013