Margaret BREWER (1920 - 2013)

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Margaret, age 93, April 11, 2013, Wilder. Margaret Worth Brewer, nee Holmes, was born in Butler, Kentucky to William Wandelohr Holmes and Ava Blanche Pelley Holmes on February 10, 1920 and died on Thursday, April 11, 2013 in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. Margaret lived her young life in Bellevue, Kentucky and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1938. After marrying in 1972, she was a resident of Wilder, Kentucky for over 50 years. Margaret graduated from Spears Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Dayton, Kentucky as a Registered Nurse in May 1941. She completed her postgraduate study of Obstetric Nursing at Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital of Hudson County, Jersey City, New Jersey in 1944. She often mentioned that Frank Sinatra, Jr. was born at Margaret Hague while she was studying there. For a few years, she worked as Head Nurse in Maternity at Spears Memorial Hospital and then began working with Dr. A. E. Howe of Alexandria, Kentucky in May 1950. She worked with Dr. Howe until her retirement in June of 1970. As a registered nurse, many northern Kentucky residents knew Margaret as "Miss Holmes." Margaret delivered, as well as assisted with delivering, many babies of the "Baby Boomer" generation. She once said, "I found out that the work I was doing was the work of a Nurse Practitioner, before we even had Nurse Practitioners". When her mother was a resident at the Butler Rest Home, Margaret was the registered nurse on duty. Margaret was the first Police Matron for the city of Wilder and served from approximately 1978 tol 2000. Utilizing her nursing diploma, she assisted with female prisoners after their arrest. At the age of 52, Margaret married the love of her life, WWII Veteran and 32nd Degree Mason, Basil Roy Brewer on August 6, 1972. They were happily married and inseparable until his passing on September 21, 1976. At the time of their marriage, Basil had three adult children. Margaret spoke and thought very highly of them. Their current names are Carol Schweitzer, Dan Brewer and Donna DeMarino. Margaret was a member of Bellevue Christian Church throughout her youth and adulthood until it merged with another Disciples of Christ Church in Dayton. She transferred her membership to the former Rolling Hills Christian Church, Cold Spring, Kentucky and attended there until her health declined. Her memberships included: National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Rebecca Bryan Boone Chapter; Daughters of America, Grants Lick, Council 69; VFW Post 3205, Alexandria,; Spears Nurses' Association, President for 30 years; and participated in many bible study groups throughout the years. Margaret also did volunteer work at the Burn Center of Northern Kentucky, the Veterans Hospital of Cincinnati; and The Veterans Hospital in Fort Thomas. Margaret drove friends around town on day trips for many years. She enjoyed life and living. Margaret was a wonderful lady and helped anyone and everyone she could who needed it. She is preceded in death by her husband: Basil Roy Brewer; siblings: Ava Wandelohr Horne, Col. William Webster Holmes, John Coleman Holmes, Mary Lee Roberts, James Wandelohr Holmes, Charles Gosney Holmes, Sr. and nephew, Peter Anderson Holmes. She is survived by her sister, Miss Anna Bryan Holmes of Fort Thomas, Kentucky; sisters-in-law: Mrs. Julia Anderson Holmes of Pontotoc, Mississippi; Mrs. Claire Amend Holmes of Grants Lick, Kentucky; four nieces and 5 nephews: Nieces: Mary E. Horne Layne (Ken) of Franklin, North Carolina; Dr. Cora Lee Holmes Waltress (Jim) of Pontotoc, Mississippi; Dr. Anne A. Roberts Herrington (Dr. Glenn) of Jackson, Mississippi; Charlene G. Holmes White (Anthony) of Alexandria, Kentucky; and Connie G. Holmes Larson (Jan Arthur) of Cedar Park, Texas. Nephews: Dr. Robert Holmes Roberts (Victoria Streuli) of Germantown, Tennessee; John A. Horne (June Smith) of Huntersville, North Carolina; Charles G. Holmes, Jr. (Yvonne Rich) of Covington, Kentucky; Clayton G. Holmes (Nancy Appel) of Fort Thomas, Kentucky; and Christopher G. Holmes, Sr. (Elizabeth Zerhusen) of Independence, Kentucky. Great-nephews: 15; Great-nieces: 5; Great Grandnephews: 4; and Great Grandnieces: 4. Friday, April 19, 2013: Visitation: 10 AM to 12 Noon. Funeral immediately following at Peoples Funeral Home, 8340 Hwy 27 North, Butler, Kentucky. Interment: Butler Cemetery, Pendleton County, Butler, Kentucky with Rev. Richard A. Livengood, IV presiding. Reception following from 1 to 4 PM at the Wilder City Building, Reception Hall, 520 Licking Pike, Wilder, Kentucky 41071. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to: The Salvation Army of Northern Kentucky, 340 West 10th Street, Newport, Kentucky 41071
Published in the Kentucky Enquirer on Apr. 18, 2013
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