October 9, 2003



Betty Brewer

Betty J. (Shook) Brewer died on Sunday, Oct. 5, in Friends Care Community, where she had been residing for seven months. She was 83.

Born on April 27, 1920, in Yellow Springs, she was the daughter of Howard Shook and Clara Viola Insley.

She married John Lester “Muggs” Brewer Sr. on Jan. 27, 1941, in Yellow Springs. She was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was also a great sister and friend. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Lester Brewer, in 1976; four sisters, Leah Johnson, Clara McNutt, Marie Stevens and Doris Partee; and two brothers, Howard Earl “Bud” Shook and Jack Shook.

She is survived by her four daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Nick Sink of Fairborn, Cindy and Martin Bellevue of Nebraska, Deborah and Jahn Luke of Englewood and Sandy and Terrell Henderson of Springfield; two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Carol Brewer of St. Paris and Craig and Jonella Brewer of Springfield; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Patty and Bruce Fritz; and a sister-in-law, Jean Shook.

Visitation and funeral service were held Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Jackson Lytle & Ingling Williams Funeral Home in Yellow Springs. The family will also receive friends today (Thursday), 10–11 a.m., at the funeral home, followed by a procession to Glen Forest Cemetery for interment.


James Gaines

James Junior Gaines of Yellow Springs died on Sunday, Oct. 5, at Hospitality Homes West in Xenia. He was 61.

He was born on Nov. 11, 1941, in Yellow Springs, the son of James Henry and Ernestine L. (Hamilton) Gaines.

He enjoyed music and loved playing horseshoes with friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Gaines of California; his children, Jamie and Jackie of California, Darla of Columbus and Michael of Michigan; a sister, Latricia Channels of Xenia; a brother, Ronald Gaines of Yellow Springs; a special cousin and caregiver, Janet Gay of Springfield; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the McColaugh Funeral Home in Xenia, with Pastor Michael Gaines Nooks officiating.

Mildred Weber

Mildred “Louise” Weber of Springfield and formerly of Yellow Springs died on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Heartland of Springfield. She was 89.

Born on Jan. 28, 1914, in Franklin, she was the daughter of William Louis and Ruth Rachel (Beatty) Van Dyne.

She worked for eight years as a sales clerk at Rike’s and was a member of the Highlands United Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred J., in 1967.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Barry Weber and Phillip and Jeannie Weber, all of Springfield; three grandchildren and their spouses, Amy Renee (Weber) and Mike McNally, Rick and Rhonda Weber and Bryan and Lara Weber; and six great-grandchildren, Bryant, Michael, Jaime, Chase, Brandon and Alexander.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 3, in the Conroy Funeral Home. She was buried in Woodhill Cemetery in Franklin.