Ella Virginia Wilkinson Brewer, of Wake Forest, affectionately known as Jenny, died peacefully Dec. 24, 2013, at the Hospice Home of Wake County. She was born in Wake Forest on July 4, 1926, to the late Fate Harris Wilkinson and Chester Houston Wilkinson. She graduated from Women’s College, now known as UNC-G.
After working at Wake Forest High School, Jenny began her career in the dental industry, beginning with Dr. Nash Underwood, and retiring with Dr. Michael Dearstyne. She was a lifetime member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, serving as senior warden and was on the Altar Guild. Other memberships include the General James Moore Chapter of the DAR, where she was president, and the Book Club. She had many passions, including golf with her best friend, Janis Underwood, painting with her watercolor classmates, and knitting many blankets for grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A service of Worship and Celebration was held Thursday, Dec. 26, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Dr. Vickie Smith officiating. Burial was in Wake Forest Cemetery.
Jenny is survived by her daughter, Virginia Fate “Jenky” Knapp and husband, Marty, of Raleigh; sons, Samuel Wait “Sammy” Brewer and wife, Stannie, of Raleigh, and Richard Lewis “Dickie” Brewer and wife, Lynn, of Winston-Salem; grandchildren, Ginny Susan Rudd; Rich Brewer and wife, Katie; Josh Brewer and wife, Laura; Beau Brewer and wife, Heather; John Brewer and wife, Adrienne; and Michael Brewer and wife, Jen; eight great-grandchildren, Kate Myers, Lewis, Wait, Ellerbee, Michelina, Lily, Ford and Walter; her brother, Chester Wilkinson and his husband, Dr. George Masters; and by her beloved cats, Posey and “D.D.” She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Wait Brewer, Jr., and by her sister, Alice “Skippy” Jenkins.
The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Christopher McDaniel, of Wake Internal Medicine.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 608, Wake Forest, N.C. 27588 or to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, N.C. 27607.