Eleanor M. Brewer

Eleanor Maye (Colony) Brewer passed away in Hospice care at Community Memorial Hospital while a resident of Tripoli Nursing Home.   Eleanor was born on February 5, 1922, to Moreland and Nellie Verne Colony in rural North Liberty.  She was the only daughter with 3 brothers, Gordon, Frank E. and Marion.   Raised on a farm outside of North Liberty, she attended Iowa City Schools for High School then attended Iowa State Teachers’ College in Cedar Falls.  There she intercepted a young man with an ice cream cone, Hadley Brewer.  Eleanor taught in the country school system in Johnson County prior to marriage and in Bremer County after marriage. Eleanor and Hadley were married October of 1942, and continued the Brewer family farm outside of Tripoli where they farmed together for 50 years.  There they raised four children, Mary, Robert, James, and Joyce. Eleanor was a 4H leader, Sunday school teacher and a member of the Farm Bureau.  She would participate in local committees as the opportunities arose.  Eleanor enjoyed attending garage sales, visiting with neighbors, gardening, reading, and having her grandchildren visit during the summer.

She is survived by her children; Mary Nannenga of Osage, Iowa, Robert (Carol) Brewer of Robins, Iowa, and Joyce Brewer, also of Robins, two brothers; Frank E. (Peg) Colony of North Liberty, Iowa and Marion (Jean) Colony of Sonoma, California, a sister in-law Helen Brewer, three grandchildren, Jackie (Mark) Hawley, Karen (Bill) Curry, and Jim (Abbie) Brewer; five great grandchildren, Beverly and Katherine Hawley, Caleb and Joy Curry, and Alex Brewer; many nieces and nephews as well as close friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Hadley in 2001, son James in 1971, one brother Gordon and his wife Helen, and a son in law Karl Nannenga.

Celebration of Life services will be held at the Faith United Church of Christ, Tripoli on Saturday, February 23, at 11 AM. Friends may call for one hour preceding services at the church on Saturday. Interment will follow at the Fremont Township Cemetery, rural Tripoli. The family suggests that memorials be made in her name to Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli, 408 S. Main St., Tripoli, IA 50676, Tripoli Nursing & Rehab, 604 3rd St. S.W., Tripoli, IA 50676, or Palmer Heart of Iowa Hospice, 200 Jefferson St., West Union, IA 52175.


Wanda Burrows on February 28, 2013 at 6:53 AM said:

Eleanor was a patient of Dr. Cmith, OD of Sumner. Her and Joyce were frequent patients of ours and I always enjoyed visting with her and Joyce. I also would see them at garage sales in the spring as I shared their love for them. A very nice person and I sure she will be missed greatly.
Jackie Hawley on February 23, 2013 at 5:55 AM said:

Grandma was always strong, supportive, in her own quiet way. I'm missing her already.
Brad & Kim Bunce family on February 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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