Lois Anne Lorimer Brewer
1952 - 2020
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Lois Anne Lorimer Brewer

Age 67 and resident of Seattle, WA, Lois died on Monday, April 6, 2020 at home surrounded by the love of her family following tumor resection complications.

Eldest daughter of W. Wayne and Elizabeth (Betty) Stephenson Lorimer, Lois was born in Grand Coulee, WA on May 29, 1952. The family moved to Seattle where Lois attended school at Crown Hill Elementary, Marcus Whitman Jr. High and Ingraham High School (Class of 1970) before completing her education at the University of Washington (B.A. in 1975) earning advanced degrees in Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Immunology (M.S. in 1982). Lois was an early participant in AIDS/HIV research as a part of her work with Dr. King Holmes at UW.

She maintained interest in microbiology, though not active in the field, choosing instead to spend the majority of her career and passion supporting Seattle students by obtaining, providing, and facilitating resources and opportunities as a grant writer for students at Stevens Elementary and Cleveland STEM High Schools. She was an Americorps and VISTA leader in the Puget Sound region and led many community service initiatives as a part of her work as Director of Service Learning Seattle for over 30 years.

Lois's passions included, genealogical research, education legislation, Craftsmen home style and a relationship with USA and International Girl Scouts & Guides for more than 58 years. Travel shaped a large portion of her life with travel throughout Europe, thanks in part to her father's career as a mechanical engineer for the US Navy Facilities in London, England. Then as a student at Spiederskolen Girl Guide School in Korinth, Denmark. Finally, sharing adventures with her husband, son and daughter.

Lois maintained memberships at University Presbyterian Church after being raised in the congregation at Northminster Presbyterian in Ballard and in Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO).

Lois is survived by her husband of 44 years, Donald Brewer; children Brent Brewer (Catherine Gumm Brewer) and Antje Brewer; grandchildren Alonzo and Lillian Brewer; sisters Lynn Lorimer and Lory Lorimer Lawson (Mark Lawson), many loving cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.

Memorial and reception will be held at a later date. Lois will be interred at the Brewer family plot in Grand Mound, WA.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to UNTO as a part of Campus Crusade for Christ's humanitarian aid work to supply people around the world with food / agriculture, clean water, and critical aid. Donations can be made at www.gainusa.org.

Thank you to friends and neighbors for your support in this difficult time.

"Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can do."

~ Arthur Ashe

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Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 12, 2020.
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April 22, 2020
I was fortunate to work with Lois on a number of AmeriCorps and service-learning initiatives. She was passionate about the well-being of students and cared for her friends and co-workers as if they were family members. My heart goes out to Lois's family. ~Mary Van Verst
April 20, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Lois and she was a tireless champion for our students who provided them with many wonderful experiences. She was always quick to help and kind.
andrew coughran
April 16, 2020
Though I've never met her, I've met her daughter. She raised a great person and an even better teacher, you're the best Ms. Brewer and wish you nothing but the peace and love during this time.

April 16, 2020

I was so sorry to hear about Louis' passing from her many admirers (Bill Basl, Ellen Winiarczyk, Debbie Schuffenhauer, and Adam Fletcher to name a few.) Lois was an enthusiastic advocate for service-learning because she trusted and valued young people and she understood how much they had to offer their schools and communities. She also saw how these civic opportunities needed to be at the forefront of racial equity work being done in Seattle.
She transformed the lives of so many children, educators and young adults over the years because she fearlessly provided opportunities for them to serve.

I have always admired her vision and her tenacity. She always stayed the course, even when others did not fully understand or value your efforts. Whenever I thought a door had closed in Seattle, Lois would find a new leverage point and courageously and humbly pry it open.

Thank you Louis for all the wonderful memories of your Seattle service-learning gatherings and of our many conversations over the years. I admired her deeply and I am comforted knowing that she was surrounded by so many who loved her .
Kate McPherson
April 15, 2020
Words cannot express the deep sorrow I feel at learning that Lois has passed away. Lois was a wonderful woman... she had such a great life with a loving family, good friends, great wine, and such amazing contributions to the youth and community partners in Seattle. I will miss her and hope that her family and friends can take solace in the wonderful memories they must have of her...
Shelley Billig
April 13, 2020
I was so sorry to hear this news about Lois. Over the past ten years, I enjoyed getting to know Lois through education projects that helped connect high school students to meaningful work opportunities. She brought her passion, curiosity and commitment to racial equity to everything she did. I will miss her.
Hilary Loeb
April 13, 2020
Lois was such a joy to work with. She always found a way to say "Yes", even for last minute requests, even when it required some creativity!. Her passion for education and equity was contagious. I will miss her.
Beth Miller
April 13, 2020
I (and my team at United Way) worked with Lois on service-learning advocacy and implementation for years. She was service-learning's biggest advocate in the state and within Seattle Public Schools. So many students will never know that their education - and possibly their interest in service or a particular career - was helped due to Lois bringing service-learning to the attention of teachers as an effective learning tool. Despite the ongoing challenges in funding, she was persistent - and always joyful. She will be missed.
Liahann Bannerman
April 13, 2020
Lois was a force to be reckoned with in the very best of ways. She made a difference to students, families, the community and the nation. May her memory be a blessing.
Amy Cohen
April 13, 2020
I only knew Lois in the last four years, as we two white women served on the African American Males Advisory Committee for Seattle Schools. We became friends; I was inspired by her skill and resourcefulness in creation of opportunities for students. Lois acted with wisdom, informed by vast experience. She was also a lovely person. It is heartbreaking to know she's gone, along with her wonderful capacity to enhance students' possibilities.
Marty McLaren
April 12, 2020
Lois devoted her life to making a difference in many other lives. I am sorry for her loss, and for her family who is missing her so much.
Cyndy Simms
April 12, 2020
She made many important contributions to Cleveland High School, and devoted her life to the improvement of systems that support youth. To the family whom she loved so much: may her memory be a blessing.
Catherine Brown
April 12, 2020
Such a good person. Such a community servant. Such a mother and grandmother. Such a friend. She will be missed.
Princess Shareef
April 12, 2020
To Antje and the rest of Lois' village, my deepest condolences. I met Lois through her daughter Antje, my student at Meany Middle School, and our paths continued to cross in our work for Seattle Public Schools. She was a champion for children and will be missed. Lifting her up to the light.
Anita Garcia Morales
April 12, 2020
I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Lois. We recently met along with the Dis proportionality in Discipline and the Equity and Race Committee Meetings with Seattle Public Schools for many years. I admired Lois because she was always ready and willing to help out in any area of concern as it relates to children. Never in my life, I would have thought that Lois would leave us now. I know we all have to go sometime, but I never thought her time would be up so soon. May God Bless you and the family for I know she is in a good resting place. I'd like to leave this message to you, the family entitled, "God's Garden.
God Looked around His Garden
and Found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth
and saw Lois's face.
He put His arms around her and lifted her to rest.
God saw the road was getting rough
And the Hills were hard to climb.
So He closed her weary eyes and whispered
"Peace be thine"
It broke our hearts to lose her
But she didn't go alone.
For part of us went with her
The day God called her home.

In Honor of Lois Brewer
Ina G. Howell
April 12, 2020
We are shocked and saddened to hear that Lois has passed. We fondly remember Lois from our young married years...riding ferries, playing pool, eating pizza and sharing wonderful home cooked meals with her and Don. She was always very creative and lived life to the fullest. Our hearts go out to Don, Brent, Antje and all the family.
Love, Jim & Patti West
Jim and Patti West
April 12, 2020
Lois was a friend and colleague for decades. She was a champion for Seattle's students like no other, and she'll stay in my heart for a long time. I'll miss you Lois.
April 12, 2020
Lois, you were a friend and a colleague, and I know there was no champion more dedicated. Thank you for all you gave to me, as well as the generations of students who you supported. I will miss you a lot.
April 12, 2020
Antje Brewer
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