Dec 092011

Marian Delta Amos Brewer, 85, beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, passed away on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at Crismon Peaks Assisted Living in Mesa. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Pinetop Lakes Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Graveside service and burial will be at the Brewer family plot at Post Office Canyon.

She was born in Lakeside on May 14, 1926, to Paul E. and Merintha Penrod Amos, the fourth of seven children. She grew up in Whiteriver and graduated from high school in Snowflake.

After high school she worked as a switchboard operator in Whiteriver and then at the Goodyear Aircraft Defense Plant in Phoenix. She returned to Whiteriver after a year and on her 20th birthday met Harry Lee Brewer at a dance in Lakeside. He was a returned Marine veteran and as she always said, “the most handsome man I had ever set eyes on.” They were married in Holbrook after five dates, and enjoyed 64 wonderful and loving years together.

After getting married, they moved to San Diego for a few years before returning to Whiteriver, where Delta was employed with the White Mountain Apache Tribe, starting as a payroll clerk and retiring 20 years later as the tribal administrative officer.

Survivors include her daughter, Coleen Lee (Brian) Veach; son-in-law Richard J. Palmer Sr.; three grandchildren, Caryn Lee (Tyler) Wagenfehr, Melinda Danielle (Mark) Gardner and Richard J. (Ildiko) Palmer Jr., and step-grandson, Derrick Veach; four great-grandchildren, Julia Lee Wagenfehr, Alana Danielle Gardner, Melanie Noelle Gardner and Anthony Chad Gardner; her sister, Gertude Ellison, her brother, Paul Amos Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Lee Brewer; her daughter, Chadeen Lee Palmer; and four brothers, George Amos, Bill Amos, Melvin Amos and Marvin Amos.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low was in charge of the arrangements.