BREWER, COLLEEN K.Age 58, died on January 3, 2016 with her wife and a few of their closest friends by her side. Her passing came after a courageous battle with breast cancer that was initially diagnosed 17 years ago as Stage 4. She was an inspiration and guiding light to many survivors, friends and family. BrewerStrong was the phrase used to describe her determination and optimism in the face of great odds. Colleen was born in Milan, Michigan on December 7, 1957 to Richard Brewer and Gloria (Brewer) Zimmer. She is survived by her partner of 17 years (wife of 49 days), Kim Memeger; brothers, David Brewer (Debbie), Dan Brewer, and Darren Brewer (Lori); sisters, Laurel Sanders (Larry) and Kelley Arndt (Lauren); and 11 nieces and nephews. Colleen moved from Northville, Michigan to Vienna, Virginia in 1982 and began working for CACI International shortly thereafter. At her death she had been working for CACI for 33 years and was the manager of the Accounts Receivable department. She managed her team with great pride, accomplishment and love. She never stopped working as she battled through years of treatment. Colleen loved her family, friends, pets, and a cold beer. She was generous with her love and made a lasting impression on anyone she met. Her shock red hair and bright smile will be greatly missed. Her family wishes to extend their gratitude to all of the people who treated, cared for, cheered on, and supported Colleen, especially Dr. Catherine Broome and the nurses at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and the team at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Pavilion associated with Johns Hopkins University Hospital where Colleen spent several months in 2014 while undergoing a Bone Marrow Transplant to treat Myeloid-Dysplastic Syndrome (MDS). The goal is to establish an endowment fund to lift the economic burden for those that cannot afford to stay at the facility. If we raise $15K, a plaque with Colleen's name will be prominently displayed at the entry of Room 407 (the apartment where she and Kim resided). You can use this link: Johns Hopkins Medicine to access the website and make a donation. Please indicate that it is "In Memory of Colleen Brewer" to ensure that the funds are properly allocated. Contact family for details about the celebration service.
Published by The Detroit News on Jan. 14, 2016.