Obituary Listings

Mary Ruth Brotherton

December 19, 1929 December 30, 2017
Mary Ruth Brotherton
There are condolences waiting approval on Mary's Tribute wall
Obituary for Mary Ruth Brotherton

Mary Ruth (Smith) Brotherton, 88, of Mattoon and formerly Robinson, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Healthcare Center.
Graveside services honoring her life were held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Robinson New Cemetery, Robinson, IL with Dr. John Calio officiating. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
She was born to Wilburne E. and Opal Pearl [Rogers] Smith in the little town of Hazel Dell, IL on December 19, 1929 during a blizzard. She was raised in Casey, IL where she attended school until the 7th grade, and then moved with her family to Dorr, Michigan while Wib worked in the oilfield. The family moved to Flat Rock, IL where Mary graduated from Flat Rock High School in 1947 with a graduating class of nine. She worked at the Ettlebrick Shoe Co. for several years, and worked at Victor Dana for 27 years before retiring in 1992.
On Dec. 24, 1952 she met her future husband, Henry L. Brotherton, Jr., on a blind date, and they were married for 59 years before his passing on May 5, 2012. They had two sons, Terry Wayne, and Larry Joe. Mary proudly supported them through all the ballgames, school activities, and ups and downs of life. She will be remembered fondly by friends and family for sharing her many talents: baking sourdough bread, creating clocks, crocheting, crafting, and quilting.
She was preceded by her husband Henry in 2012, son Joe in 1978, her parents, a sister Greta Jean Smith Baker and three sisters in law.
She is survived by her son Terry and wife Rhonda of Mattoon; two granddaughters Debbie (Matt) Hardy of Las Vegas, NV and Christy Brotherton of Tucson, AZ; one grandson Joey Brotherton Ray (Paula) of Helena, AL and two step grandsons Brandon (Christina) Salesberry, Chicago, IL and Patrick (Mandy) Salesberry, Washington, IL; nine grandchildren: Amanda, Justin, Teylor, T.J.; Damien, Dylen, Ashlie; Jonathan, Brayden; four step great-grandchildren: Noah, Rosie, Finn, and Nyla; several nieces, nephews and cousins including one dear niece, Tammy (Jim) Krouse, Albion, IL and their four kids: Emilie (Michael), Ethan, Katie and Jack, and nephew Gregg (Crystal) Baker, McLeansboro, IL, and their three kids: Quintinn Tyler, Olivia and Keilan.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.

To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Mary Ruth Brotherton, please visit our Tribute Store.

Previous Events





11:00 AM 1/2/2018 11:00:00 AM
Robinson New Cemetery

South Rt 33 East Main
Robinson, IL 62454

Robinson New Cemetery
South Rt 33 East Main Robinson 62454 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Robinson New Cemetery Final Resting Place

South Rt 33 East Main
Robinson, IL 62454

South Rt 33 East Main Robinson 62454 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Odd Fellow Rebekah Harmony Center

201 Lafayette Ave East
Mattoon, IL 61938
In Lieu of flowers

Create new album
Subscribe To Obituaries

We appreciate your support
In accordance with the wishes of the family, this
message has been declined.
Mary Ruth Brotherton

Thank you for sharing your
memory of Mary

Provide comfort by sending fresh
flowers from our local florist.

Send Flowers
No thanks, please don't show me this again.