Viola Louise Hopkins Brewer, Class of 1942

Viola Hopkins BrewerFuneral services for Mrs. Viola Hopkins Brewer, age 93, of Manchester, will be conducted Monday, March 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Dr. Brenton Cox officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Mill Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday from 11:00 AM until time of services at 1:00 PM. Mrs. Brewer passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013 at McArthur Manor in Manchester.

She was born October 15, 1919 in Knoxville, TN the daughter of the late Harry Daniel Hopkins and Bessie Carrier Hopkins. She graduated from Knoxville General School of Nursing in 1942, where she was President of her Senior Nursing class. On September 19, 1942, she married Ralph W. Brewer and the two began their life of 61 years together. Mrs. Brewer served in various nursing positions including Public Health Nurse in Knoxville until her retirement in 1980. She enjoyed traveling and cooking and was known by friends and family members for the delectable pound cakes she would share.

Upon retirement, the couple relocated to Manchester. Throughout Mrs. Brewer’s life, serving the Lord through mission work was extremely important to her. She was active with the Woman’s Missionary Union group for many years, where she and her husband helped to build several churches including Boynton Valley Baptist Church in Coffee County. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed by all.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph W. Brewer, who passed away in 2004, a son, S. Wallace Brewer, and a sister, Grace Williams.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Rabek and husband, Jeff of Galveston, TX; Becky Taylor and husband, Steve of Manchester, TN; seven grandchildren, Lara Tauber; Stan Brewer and wife, Kristin; Suzanne Pollack; Paul Rabek and wife, Kathryn,; Emily Norman and husband, Matt; Annie Bailey and husband, Brandon; and Katie Taylor; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lottie Moon Offering C/O First Baptist Church, 1006 Hillsboro Blvd., Manchester, TN 37355.

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Everyone from KGH and the Knoxville nursing community who knew “Hoppy” remembers her as a great lady and a great nurse.

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