Lyla was born in Glendale, California on July 15, 1929, and died in Fresno, California on April 24, 2013, of pancreatic cancer. Lyla graduated from Glendale High School before attending the University of Southern California. There, Lyla became a Delta Gamma and met her future husband, Gerald B. Brewer (1929-1989). She graduated with a degree in Comparative Literature in 1951. Lyla returned with Jerry to his native Fresno where they raised their three children. In 1981, she received a Master of Arts Degree in the special major of Human Resource Development from California State University, Fresno. Lyla enjoyed a great variety of community activities and leaves behind a legacy of volunteerism. She was a member of the Junior League of Fresno (President 1964-1965), the La Feliz Guild, Valley Children's Hospital Board of Trustees, Friends of the Fig Garden Library, Town Hall, Monday Study Club and many other groups and clubs. Lyla was the director of the Volunteer Bureau of Fresno from 1972-1978 and Volunteer Coordinator for the Fresno Metropolitan Museum from 1982-1986. Lyla donated over four gallons of blood to the Central California Blood Center.
Lyla was lucky in love. After the death of her first husband, Jerry Brewer, she married his lifelong friend, Dr. Gerald V. MonPere in 1990. She continued her legacy of volunteerism and community involvement throughout her life and was a docent at the Chaffee Zoological Gardens from 1986 until her death. Lyla loved traveling and wildlife and traveled around the world. She was an avid quilter, knitter and crafter. Her family takes comfort from the many treasures made by her loving hands. Lyla had a remarkable group of very good, long-term constant friends.
Lyla is survived by her dear husband, Dr. Gerald V. MonPere; daughters, Barbara Brewer Johnson (Tom), and Nancy Brewer Cavagnaro (Francis); son William S. Brewer (Ann), their children and grandchildren. She is also survived by her step-children, Claudia MonPere McIsaac, Julie MonPere Blyth (Bill), Paul MonPere (Terri), Phillip MonPere, Amy MonPere Thele (Bruce), and John MonPere (Elizabeth), their children, and her sweet dog, Bonnie.
A Celebration of Life will be held on May 30, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at TorNino's Banquets in Fresno.