Ethel Elizabeth Brewer

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Ethel Elizabeth Brewer, age 83, former resident of Cavalry Crossing Apartments, Fort Scott, Kan., died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, at Fort Scott Medicalodge. She was born Oct. 23, 1922, in Greensburg, Kan., the daughter of Will J. and Helena J. Unruh.

Ethel was a 1941 graduate of Nevada High School and graduated in 1946 from Salt City Business College in Hutchinson, Kan. She married Paul M. Brewer on July 31, 1950, in Fayetteville, Ark. He preceded her in death on March 5, 1986. Ethel was retired following 25 years of employment as department manager for Farm and Home Savings Company, Nevada. She also worked for seven years with Nevada Wal-Mart. In her earlier years she was an active leader with Boy Scouts in Hutchinson and Nevada. She was a Fred Harvey Girl in 1945 in Newton, Kan. She was an adult Girl Scout member since 1970, host site manager for Bourbon County Share Program, and did volunteer work for the Moss House and the RSVP program. With her love for gardening, she attended to the flowers planted at Cavalry Crossing Apartments.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Elizabeth Lemmon and husband Melvin, Fort Scott, and Martha Jane Sander and husband Daroan, Nevada; one stepson, Tom Shanley and wife Linda, Hutchinson; three sisters, Elda Becker, Halstead, Kan., Luella Williamson, Gahanna, Ohio, and Ruth Dyer, Benson, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Darrell Sander, Jennifer Sander, Amy Lemmon and Taylor Ann Lemmon; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Victor Unruh, and three sisters, Wilma Unruh, Martha Unruh and Flora Smith.

Tim Woodring, pastor of senior involvement at Community Christian Church, conducted funeral services at 2 p.m., Today, at the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Burial followed in the Deerfield Cemetery, Deerfield, Mo. The family received friends from 1 p.m., until service time at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Moss House at Nevada and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.

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