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Helen Brewer, 96 year old longtime Fargo resident, died Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Fargo Church of the Nazarene with the Reverend Jerry Harrison officiating. Burial will follow in the Fargo Cemetery under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Helen Elizabeth (Mabey) Brewer was born on July 28, 1920 in Ellis County, Oklahoma; she was the oldest of nine children born to Edgar and Bertha (McGuire) Mabey. Helen grew up west of Ft. Supply and attended Ft. Supply schools and graduated from Ft. Supply High School. She later attended Woodward Junior College in Woodward. Helen was united in marriage to Edward Raymond "Eddie" Brewer on September 9, 1940 at Buffalo, Oklahoma. They made their first home north of Fargo on the old Watkins place. When Eddie joined the Navy, he and Helen moved to Fallon, Nevada. She worked for a couple in Fallon, Nevada while living there. After her children were grown, she worked for Western State Hospital in Ft. Supply and later they ran the café at the Underwear Factory.

She belonged to the Fairview Baptist Church and later the Ft. Supply Baptist Church and most recently her son Dean was taking her the Fargo Church of the Nazarene. Helen enjoyed sewing, gardening, and canning. She loved being with her children and grandchildren and she loved being on the farm. Helen never had a bad thing to say about anyone, even when she got mad she would go in the other room and chew them out under her breath.

She is survived by three sons: Phil Brewer and wife Sandy, Steven Brewer and wife Kay, Dean Brewer and wife Linda; one daughter, Sandra Gaylord and husband Scotty; 16 grandchildren: Kirk Brewer and wife Katie, Keri Wiebold and husband Marty, Kyle Brewer, Trina Dunkin and husband Tim, Shannon Brewer and wife Pam, Chad Brewer, Devon Brewer, Ashlyn Hughes, Amanda Kramer and husband Cody, Lynn Wright, Michelle Schmidt and husband Scott, Bob Gaylord and wife Sandy, Teresa Christianson and husband Scott, Tracy Gaylord and wife Evonne, Christa Gaylord; 35 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Harry Mabey and wife Evelyn; one sister Alice Jerome; one brother-in-law, Jarrell and wife Norma; one sister-in-law, Cass Mabey; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Helen was very blessed in the last seven years of her life to have Jody and Shelby Jones as her caretakers. They loved and cared for her beyond words can say.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Eddie, one great-granddaughter, Kelli Dawn, two brothers, Richard and John, four sisters, Dorothy, Patricia, Carol, and Marion.

Helen was the backbone of the farm and the family. She canned, sewed, milked cows, drove the tractor, drove the wheat truck during harvest. Eddie made the money and Helen pinched pennies. She helped work cattle and made sure all her children and grandchildren had her sour cream chocolate cake for birthdays.

Memorials may be made to the Fargo Nazarene Church, the Fargo Cemetery, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Alzheimer's research or the charity of your choice with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on  November 14, 2016
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