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Gladys C. Brewer

August 27, 1908 — March 22, 2012

Gladys Charleen McAdams Brewer died March 22, 2012, at Schowalter Villa in Hesston, Kansas.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:30 P.M., Sunday (April 1, 2012)
at Schowalter Villa.

She was born on August 27, 1908, in Newton, Kansas, the daughter of Frank Goodwin McAdams and Ella Krebs McAdams. Her grandfather, Henry H. McAdams, was the first mayor of Halstead, Kansas.

Gladys married Dr. William McKelvey Brewer on February 2, 1930, in Abilene, and they were happily married for 42 years until his death on February 17, 1972.

Survivors include a daughter, Joy Scott, two sons, Mac Brewer and John Brewer, and a foster son, Egon Sommer, thirteen grandchildren, and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

Gladys was preceded in death by her sister Alice McAdams and her half brother, Fred Beckmeyer.

Bill and Gladys moved to Hays, Kansas, in 1930, where they started housekeeping and raised their family. Except for a temporary relocation in Topeka during World War Two, they remained in Hays until Dr. Brewer’s retirement in 1971, when they moved to Hesston.

Throughout her adult life Gladys was actively involved with the United Methodist Church, the P.E.O., and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Gladys was widely known for her curiosity, love of life, sense of decorum, organizational skills, and bottomless love for family and friends. Among avocations, reading was probably her first love, but she also loved to recite poetry, sing, and cook. Her autobiography has been a fascinating read for all who knew Gladys and for many who didn’t. She loved to plant and care for flower gardens, and she decorated her homes in Hays and Hesston with art and artifacts that she collected from travels ranging from England to Taiwan. On many of her international trips Gladys was accompanied by her long-time Newton friend. Dr. Frances Allen.

Gladys’s body was cremated, and a memorial stone will be added in her honor to the plot of Dr. William Brewer in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.
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