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Margaret Worth Brewer, 93 Print E-mail

Margaret Worth Brewer, nee Holmes, 93, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2013 in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

She was born in Butler to the late William Wandelohr Holmes and Ava Blanche Pelley Holmes on February 10, 1920 and lived her young life in Bellevue and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1938. After marrying in 1972, she was a resident of Wilder for over 50 years. Margaret graduated from Spears Memorial Hospital School of nursing, Dayton as a registered nurse in May 1941 and completed her postgraduate study of obstetric Nursing at Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital of Hudson County, Jersey City, New Jersey in 1944. She often mentioned that Frank Sinatra, Jr. was born at Margaret Hague while she was studying there. For a few years, she worked as head nurse in maternity at Spears Memorial Hospital and then began working with Dr. A. E. Howe of Alexandria in May 1950. She worked with Dr. Howe until her retirement in June of 1970. As a registered nurse, many northern Kentucky residents knew Margaret as “Miss Holmes.” Margaret delivered, as well as assisted with delivering, many babies of the “Baby Boomer” generation. She once said, “I found out that the work I was doing was the work of a nurse practitioner, before we even had nurse practitioners.” When her mother was a resident at the Butler Rest Home, Margaret was the registered nurse on duty. Margaret was the first police matron for the city of Wilder and served from approximately 1978 to 2000. Utilizing her nursing diploma, she assisted with female prisoners after their arrest. At the age of 52, Margaret married the love of her life, WWII Veteran and 32nd Degree Mason, Basil Roy Brewer on August 6, 1972. They were happily married and inseparable until his passing on September 21, 1976. At the time of their marriage, Basil had three adult children. Margaret spoke and thought very highly of them. Their current names are Carol Schweitzer, Dan Brewer and Donna DeMarino.

Margaret was a member of Bellevue Christian Church throughout her youth and adulthood until it merged with another Disciples of Christ Church in Dayton. She transferred her membership to the former Rolling Hills Christian Church, Cold Spring and attended there until her health declined. Her memberships included, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Rebecca Bryan Boone Chapter; Daughters of America, Grants Lick, Council 69; VFW Post 3205, Alexandria; Spears Nurses’ Association, president for 30 years; and participated in many Bible study groups throughout the years. Margaret also did volunteer work at the Burn Center of Northern Kentucky, the Veterans Hospital of Cincinnati; and The Veterans Hospital in Fort Thomas. Margaret drove friends around town on day trips for many years. She enjoyed life and living. Margaret was a wonderful lady and helped anyone and everyone she could who needed it.

Preceding her in death, in addition to parents and  husband,  were siblings, Ava Wandelohr Horne, Col. William Webster Holmes, John Coleman Holmes, Mary Lee Roberts, James Wandelohr Holmes, Charles Gosney Holmes Sr.; and nephew, Peter Anderson Holmes.

Surviving are sister, Miss Anna Bryan Holmes, Fort Thomas; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Julia Anderson Holmes, Pontotoc, Miss., Mrs. Claire Amend Holmes, Grants Lick; nieces, Mary E. Horne Layne (Ken), Franklin, N.C., Dr. Cora Lee Holmes Waltress (Jim), Pontotoc, Miss., Dr. Anne A. Roberts Herrington (Dr. Glenn), Jackson, Miss., Charlene G. Holmes White (Anthony), Alexandria; and Connie G. Holmes Larson (Jan Arthur) of Cedar Park, Texas; nephews, Dr. Robert Holmes Roberts (Victoria Streuli), Germantown, Tenn.; John A. Horne (June Smith), Huntersville, N.C., Charles G. Holmes Jr. (Yvonne Rich),  Covington, Clayton G. Holmes (Nancy Appel), Fort Thomas and Christopher G. Holmes Sr. (Elizabeth Zerhusen), Independence; 15 great-nephews; five great-nieces;  four great-grand-nephews;  and four great-grand-nieces.

Funeral services were Friday, April 19, 2013 at Peoples Funeral Home, Butler.

Interment took place at  Butler Cemetery, Butler with Rev. Richard A. Livengood IV presiding.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to The Salvation Army of Northern Kentucky, 340 West 10th Street, Newport, KY 41071.