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Obituary for Florence “Fluff” Lois Yates Storey

Essex Junction, VT – Florence “Fluff” Lois Yates Storey, 90, formerly of Brattleboro, and currently of Mansfield Place in Essex Junction, VT., died on November 20, 2023, in Essex Junction, VT, after a lingering illness.

Fluff was born on July 13, 1933, in Winthrop, MA, to Margaret (Bordeaux) and Donald Earl Yates. She attended elementary school in Bellows Falls, VT, and graduated from Bellows Falls High School in 1951. She graduated from Castleton State Teacher’s College in 1955.

Fluff married Rodney Lee Storey, whom she met at Castleton, in her senior year of college in 1954. Their daughter Sue Carol Storey was born in Portsmouth, VA in 1956, where they were spending Rodney’s last year in the Navy.

After living in Virginia and Williamstown, VT in the late 50s, Fluff and Rod moved to Brattleboro in 1960, where they both had teaching careers. She achieved her master’s degree in teaching from the University of Massachusetts, and a second master’s degree with combined graduate studies from the University of Vermont, Keene State, and Norwich University. Fluff taught for 35 of her 38 years at the Academy School in West Brattleboro, retiring in 1995.

Fluff was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Eastern Star, the American Association of University Women, the Legion Auxiliary, a charter member of the Emblem Club (ELKS), the VFW, the Eagles, the Women’s Evening Club, the “West Bees” Home Dem Club, the Shriners, the Hospital Auxiliary, various teachers’ organizations, and the Floral Arts and Garden Club all of Brattleboro, VT. She volunteered in Church at various events, knitted many prayer shawls, as well as other community needs. She has been surrounded with great friends and has felt very fortunate to have them.

She enjoyed crafts, travel (USA, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean), theater, painting, music, plants, cats, and literature. She even organized an Opera appreciation group and was the keeper of the Opera DVDs and videos, which there were hundreds of. Fluff and her husband Rod once won the husband/wife golf club championship at the Brattleboro Country Club which they were members of for many years.

Fluff’s daughter Sue, Sue’s husband Tom Broido, and her beloved granddaughters Halle Broido and Galen Broido and Galen’s partner Giacomo Zilli survive her. She is also survived by two brothers, Fred Yates and Ross Yates. She was predeceased by her husband Rod in 1988, and her siblings, Pauline Yates Brillant, and Donald Yates. Also, her special friend and companion Kasper Fulghum, whom she met on a senior’s trip to Spain in 1996, sharing the best of the north and the south together, predeceased her in 2017.

Fluff wanted her lifelong friends, as well as her new friends from Williston Place in Williston, VT, to know how much they meant to her, and how much they all enriched her life. Her new friends were a pleasant surprise to her after her move from Brattleboro, they all helped each other navigate their new lives in a new community.

There will be no visiting hours at Fluff’s request, and no formal service. There will be an informal gathering of friends at a date to be determined. Please visit to share your memories and condolences.