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Dora Elizabeth Brett

June 1, 1927 – August 23, 2015


BrettDora Elizabeth (Brooks) Brett, age 88 of Monroe, Michigan, peacefully passed away Sunday morning, August 23, 2015 at 3:51 a.m. in her home.

Dora was born June 1, 1927 in Monroe, Michigan, the daughter of Thomas H. and Ida May (Richardson) Brooks.

Fondly nick-named “Tootsie” by brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, she was a faithful daughter and loving support to her parents and siblings.

Dora married Herman Carl Brett, Jr. in November of 1947 at the home of her parents in Monroe. They shared in the joy of two children, Herman Carl Brett, III and Dora Elizabeth “Becky” Brett. Sadly, her son, Carl, preceded her in death.

Trained by IHM Sisters at the original Mercy Hospital, Dora always spoke of the kindness she received and the training that served her well.

Dora worked part time at the Monroe Convalescent Center, caring for the elderly. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, and served on the Altar Guild.

She is survived by her husband, Herman, a faithful and dedicated caregiver; her daughter Becky of Monroe; a granddaughter, Shannon (Robert) Lahey of Perrysburg, Ohio; great-granddaughter, Jamie Lahey; step great-granddaughter, Alexis Lahey; and a trusted and faithful support, Bueford Campbell of Monroe.

Additionally, Dora is survived by three brothers; Ralph D. (Noreen) Brooks of Grand Haven, Michigan, Grover L. (Debra) Brooks of South Carolina, and George Robert Brooks of Arizona. Two sisters, Nancy M. Reaume and Patsy J. (Edward) Brooks-Martell, both of Monroe; sister-in-law, Donna J. Brett of Monroe; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her son Carl, Dora was also preceded by her parents; brothers, Oscar M. (Mabel) Brooks, Shelby D. (Jean) Brooks, and Thomas H. (Betty) Brooks; sisters, Gladys M. (Troy) Clawson and Vera I. (Merrill) Reaume; and sisters-in law, Virginia Held and Sonya K. Brett.

Family and friends may visit from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Dora will lie instate Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. The church Pastor, Rev. Mark Witte will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Memorial donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Dora’s caregivers, Amanda, Terrie, Vanessa, Tammy, Jennifer, and Jessica.

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7 Responses to Dora Elizabeth Brett

  • Susan Clark says:

    Dear Becky,
    Lifting you and your family in prayer….so sorry to hear of your Mom’s death.
    Sue & Terry Clark & family

  • Marilyn Merkle Dunning says:

    Those we love don’t go away,
    They walk beside us every day,
    Unseen, unheard, but always near,
    Still loved, still missed and very dear.
    Beautiful picture of Doris —
    My condolences and prayers for Herm and his family.

  • Becky Brett says:

    Thank you Marilyn. It has been a long road for my dear mother but she is now at peace.
    I will share your thoughts with my dad.

  • Ron Niemann says:

    Becky, you have our sympathy in the loss of your mom.. Sorry we couldn’t be there with you at the funeral. God bless you..You are in our thoughts. Ron and Jan Niemann.

  • joyce jones says:

    Dear Brett Family: I am so sorry for the loss of your dear mother. Mothers are such special people and, indeed, hold a very special place in our hearts that no one else can fill. During this very difficult time may you be reminded that our loving Heavenly Father (Psalm 83:18) has promised that soon sickness, sorrow, tears and death will be done away with (Isaiah 33:24; 25:8) and you can have the indescribable joy of seeing your dear mother again (John 5:28,29, Hosea 13:14). May fond and endearing memories of your precious mother keep her close to your hearts as you keep God’s unfailing promises close in mind (Titus 1:2). My deepest sympathy to you.

  • Dave Leising says:

    Becky & Herman – Belated condolences to you both. We didn’t know until we looked in the newspapers’ obit section. I’ve always had the greatest respect & appreciation for you Herman, but even more so in the last few years that you have so totally devoted your life to caring for Dora.

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