Sue Woodmansee Brewer, 83, ‘put so much of herself’ into family holidays, interior decorating

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Sue Woodmansee Brewer
Sue Woodmansee Brewer

Sue Woodmansee Brewer, of Wilmington, died July 6, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 83.

Sue was born June 22, 1932, in Waterbury, Connecticut, daughter of the late Stanley D. Woodmansee and Dorothy J. Stellenwerf (Woodmansee). She was preceded in death by her only brother, Stanley D. Woodmansee.

Mrs. Brewer graduated from Milford High School in Milford, Connecticut, in 1950, after which she attended Mount Ida Junior College in Newton Center, Massachusetts.

Sue went on to earn an associates degree in interior design from the Traphagen School of Design in New York and then went to work as a buyer for D.M. Reeds Co. in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Her education in interior design was evident in her eye for detail, color and creativity.

Sue married Charles F. Brewer on June 2, 1956, and lived in many states throughout their marriage. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Charles D. Brewer, of Wilmington, Amy A. Brewer, of Memphis, Tennessee, Gordon D. Brewer, of Jacksonville, Polly Jean Winkelvoss, of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, and Lesley B. Mattson, of Lake Stevens, Washington.

She and Charles celebrated the births of their nine grandchildren, Erin, Chase, Matthew, Andrew, Austin, Molly, Rachel, Lydia and Tristan and their great-granddaughter, Rosie.

Mrs. Brewer used her creative talents throughout her life. She was active in the Garden Club in Ballston Lake, New York, where she won several awards for her floral designs. Sue enjoyed arranging flowers and she set stunning holiday tables, beautifully decorated rooms in her homes and designed one-of-a-kind Christmas wreaths, ornaments and decorative pieces. Christmas was her favorite time of year and she eagerly awaited its arrival.

Her husband and children treasure the special memories of family holidays into which she put so much of herself. She was an excellent cook. Holidays were significant for the array of special foods she lovingly prepared.

Sue and Charles remember fondly and talked often of the friends and church members at First Presbyterian Church in Winchester, Virginia, where they were both active and lovingly supported.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who is very sorely missed.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market St., Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made in Sue’s name to the National Alzheimer’s Association.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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