Ann Priscilla Brewer, longtime resident of Martin, went to her heavenly home on Friday, February 7 at Park Village Pines in Kalamazoo. Born on November 30, 1930 in Battle Creek, Ann was the daughter of Elon and Inabelle (Rhinard) Randall and was the wife of Paul F. Brewer, who preceded her in death.
Ann was a graduate of Athens High School and attended Spring Arbor College. In addition to raising a family, she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for the Athens school system and later as a Title 1 reading instructor for the Martin Public Schools. After retirement, she volunteered as a student tutor for the East Martin Christian School.
As a life-long servant of God, much of Ann’s life revolved around church where she served in many capacities including Sunday school teacher, Jr. Church leader, choir singer and church board member. She enjoyed gospel music, and the old hymns sung at church were always a source of Godly inspiration and meaning.
Ann was a talented artist who loved to draw and paint. She enjoyed making ceramic figurines and creating beautiful Christmas cards each year that were prized by all who received them. Reading was another of Ann’s passions. She especially enjoyed Bible-related writings and historic novels.
Ann was a woman of integrity whose greatest treasures were found in her Christian faith and in the family she cherished. She was a loving mother to her children, a devoted wife to Paul for 60 years, and she considered being a grandmother one of life’s greatest blessings.
Ann always placed the needs of her family, church and community before her own. She loved teaching and helping children and was a positive influence on many young lives over the years. Deeply missed, Ann will be fondly remembered by those who knew and loved her.
Ann is survived by three children: Paul Edward (Melody) Brewer of Otsego, Ina Jo Brewer of Battle Creek, and Philip (Gwendolen) Brewer of Martin; four grandchildren: Lindsey (David) Sierminski of Kalamazoo, Adam (Nicole) Brewer of Killen AL, Kristin (Richard) Miller of Crossville TN, Rachel (Mark) Pula of Kalamazoo; four great-grandchildren and sister Jane (Lawrence) Olmstead of Battle Creek. In addition to her parents and husband, Ann was preceded in death by brothers Harvey, James and William Randall and sister Nancy Swan.
Ann’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 12th beginning at 1 PM at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of funeral services at 2 PM. Luncheon will follow. Burial at South Martin Cemetery.
Special appreciation to the staff at Park Village Pines, Oakview Terrace who lovingly cared for Ann for 6 years and to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Southwest Michigan who comforted Ann and her family during her final days.
Contributions in memory of Ann may be made to Park Village Pines, 2920 Crystal Lane, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 or to the Hospice of Southwest Michigan, 222 N. Kalamazoo, Mall #100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com