She was born in a sod house to Ella and Edward Short in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She attended Sioux Falls School for the Deaf and Gallaudet University where she met her husband, Alvin R. Brother (deceased 1980). They moved to Palo Alto in 1947 where they raised two daughters, Betty Ann Lowman of Scotts Mills, Ore., and Millie Brother of Santa Barbara, Calif. She is survived by her two daughters, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Donations in her memory may be made to CODA – Children of Deaf Adults, c/o R. Talbott, 7370 Formal Court, San Diego, CA 92120.
Diana Holtland Gilbert
Diana Gilbert, 92, a resident of Palo Alto, died May 18.
Born in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, to Diena and Gerrit Holtland, she was the third of four daughters. The family emigrated to the United States in 1924. She joined the Nurses Cadet Corp. during World War II. After the war she worked for many years as a surgical assistant to neurosurgeon Dr. Cal List of Grand Rapids, Mich. In 1970 she met and married Palo Alto resident John Gilbert which brought her to Palo Alto. She was always quite fond of her neighbors on Cowper Street. John died in 1999. She is survived by her remaining sister, Hermine Holtland of Berkeley.
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