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Obituary of Margaret Doran Brewster

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The Enterprise
November 2, 1933

Mrs. Margaret Doran Brewster passed away at the home of her son, J. M. Brewster, Monday, Oct. 23 following a brief illness.  Funeral rites were held at this home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock conducted by Rev. C.C. Norlin.  The remains were taken to Iowa early Wednesday morning and services were held there.  Burial was made at Alta Vista, Iowa beside the husband who died in 1912 Mr. and Mrs. Brewster accompanied the body to Iowa.  They returned home Friday.  Mrs. Brewster, at the time of her death was 98 years 6 months and 28 days old.  She was active and had been able to care for herself until the last days of her life.  She had made her home with a daughter at Clear Lake, Ia. For the past fourteen years.  She passed away last spring at her home there.  Mrs. Brewster came here a few weeks ago to live with her son and family.  Surviving beside the son is another son, Fred Brewster of Cleveland, Ohio and a daughter, Mrs. Lois Turnstall of Yakima, Washington, twenty-one grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Obituary provided by a wonderful volunteer with the Washington County Genealogy Society at the Blair Public Library.


Probably taken from the Pilot-Tribune newspaper in Fort Calhoun, Washington County, Nebraska
Probably published around October 25, 1933

Mrs. Brewster, 98 Dies at Home of Son; Lived Here

Funeral Services at Bailey Home Thursday; Burial at Alta Vista, Iowa

Grandma Brewster, who has for the last 10 years made her home with her grand-daughter Mrs. W. H. Bailey, South Second street, died at the home of her son J. M. Brewster, at Herman, Neb., Monday.

Short funeral services will be held at the Bailey home, South Second street, Thursday morning.  Burial will be at Alta Vista, where her husband, Milo Brewster is buried.

Mrs. Brewster was born at New Brunswick, Canada, March 26, 1835, and came to Boston with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Doran, when she was 13 years old.  At that time the trend was to go west and get a farm and they migrated to Illinois in a covered wagon and settled in Illinois on a farm where they lived several years.

It was while they lived in Illinois that she married Milo Brewster and then started west again to seek their new home, having lived in Kansas, Missouri, and finally took up a homestead in South Dakota.

Mrs. Brewster had a very keen mind to her death and could relate experiences since her childhood and was endeared to all who knew her.  She has several great grandchildren and many grandchildren, all of whom have during her lifetime received something she had made for them as she was an artist with the needle.  She was always alert and never has seen much sickness and was of the sturdy generation who believed in home living and substantial foods to which she attributed her long life.

Grandma Brewster was a student of her Bible and was reared in a Methodist home and took keen interest in all things pertaining to the good of mankind.


Written by Michael S. Doran

June 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

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