Millie Brewer, 69 years-old, passed away on Sunday, November 23, 2014, within her home in Mesa, Arizona. Millie had a valiant fight with various blood and bone marrow cancers that became known since 2009. Her strong will to live, unwavering spiritual faith, the love and prayers of family/friends, and many supporters carried her through the grueling last five years. Yet even throughout her own struggle with cancer, she reached out to others affected by the horrendous disease in many ways, such as just comforting others sitting nearby receiving treatments simultaneously.
Millie was born on August 22, 1945 to Enrique and Ramona Duran (Moreno & Duran descendants from Guasave, Sinaloa Mexico). Millie is the third eldest of `her 7 siblings. The Duran family settled in Tolleson, Arizona, where Millie obtained her first job helping her dad in the cotton fields. Even as a child, not only was she eager to help others but she was also known for her ease in frequent conversation; even with total strangers, for she truly possessed a contagious smile and an entertaining sense of humor.
After graduating from Tolleson High School, Millie started working at one of Motorola’s manufacturing plants and this is where she caught the eye of her future husband, Tom Brewer, while being deemed runner up for Miss Sweetheart. The couple was married July 14, 1970 at the Little Chapel of Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1980, Millie and her children joined and were baptized within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millie devoted much of her time to church activities and multiple callings (One being Young Women’s Camp Director).
Married for 44 years, Millie & Tom raised their two children Larson and Monica. Possessing a true servant’s heart, Millie faithfully cared for family and friends through delicious cooking/baking, decorating, sewing/quilting and crafting. A woman of faith and the heart of the Brewer family, Millie shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example. With a real zest for life, Millie loved to dance, sing, write, read, pray, bowl, play games/cards, chat/visit with friends and family, go on outings with her BB’s Society (woman/friends in church) but most of all she always loved just being with her grandchildren.
Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor with constant nurturing love and faith that won the trust and hearts of many. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter and joking around; will never be forgotten.
Surviving family members include her Husband – Tom Brewer, 2 Children – Larson Brewer (Heather), Monica Minerva and Step-Son Preston Brewer, 6 Grandchildren – Logan, Ethan, Landon, Brody & Gavin Brewer and Malia Minerva, 7 Brothers, Sisters and Spouses: Arsenio (RC) Duran (Linda), Mary (Pepie) Duran Guzman (Enrique), Henrietta (Queta) Duran Caito (John), Veronica (Doy) Gonzalez, Annie Duran, Linda McKew and Alejandro (Alex) Duran, In-Law’s and Spouses – Carolyn Cummins Westphal (Stan), Roberta (Robbie) Cummins Trone (Guy), Kimberly Cummins Neville (Scott), Celeste Cummins Wardrop (Brad) , and Larry and Chuck Brewer of San Diego.
Funeral services are Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 9 AM, preceded by a visitation at 8 AM, at the LDS Elmwood Ward Building, 925 N. Harris, Mesa, AZ. A lunch for family and friends will be held following the services. Interment will be at 4 PM that same day at the Snowflake Cemetery, Snowflake, AZ. Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 480-696-6883, www.bunkerfuneral.com