Marjorie Maxine Samples Brewer, 85, of Leachville, the widow of Don Brewer who passed away in 1991, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. She was a resident of Geneva, a Mississippi County state line farming community north of Buckeye, and home to the Brewer family farm dating back to the mid 1800s.
Her father, Joseph Samples, was a farmer, duck hunting guide, and pioneer of Cinda which later became the town of Manila. She and her seven siblings grew up in Manila. She graduated from Manila Public Schools in 1942. Mrs. Brewer stayed actively involved in Manila through membership in the Business and Professional Women's organization, visiting often with family and dear friends, frequenting local businesses and attending city functions.
After raising her family she worked for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. She was involved in the care of the Box Elder Cemetery in the Geneva Community, a farming community north of Buckeye, Arkansas near Leachville. Mrs. Brewer was a member of the First Baptist Church in Leachville.
Mrs. Brewer loved living on the farm and enjoyed many kinds of music, especially gospel and country. Her rural home was always filled with vairous musical insturments, family, friends, and her fabulous cooking. She was also active in bible study, music, and teaching in her church.
She received much loving care from her physician, Dr. Tommy Wagner of Manila, the dedicated staff at St. Bernards Medical Center of Jonesboro and the devoted staff at St. Elizabeth's Place of Jonesboro.
In addition to her husband Don she was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Myrtle Mae Coins Samples, and six siblings.
Mrs. Brewer is survived by five daughters, Donna Joy Sevin of Poplarville, Miss., Judy Diane Williams of Maryville, Tenn., Susan Denice Rouse of Memphis, Tenn., Angie Marie Simpson of Little Rock, Mona Dawn Broadway of Jonesboro; a sister, Alma Glayean of Oak Grove, La.; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in the First Baptist Church in Leachville with Reverend David Price officiating. Burial followed in the Box Elder Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service. Serving as pallbearers will be Dewey Sevin, Rusty Simpson, Bruce Broadaway, Brandon Rouse, Holden Broadaway, Benjamin Johnston and Hunter Broadaway serving as pallbearer absentia.
The family received visitors Monday evening from 6-8 at the funeral home.
The online video and guest register is at www.howardfuneralservice.com.