Sue Brewer

February 22, 1931February 17, 2020
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Norma Sue (Jones) Brewer, 88, of Columbia, Missouri passed away peacefully on February 17, 2020.

Sue was born in Kennett, Missouri on February 22, 1931. She graduated from Kennett High School and continued her education at Cottey College in 1949. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education from Arkansas State College, now known as Arkansas State University.

Sue was married to Jerry Alan Brewer on December 25, 1950. They moved to Cardwell, Missouri to raise their three children until they moved to Columbia, Missouri in 1974.

Sue was passionate about being an elementary school teacher. She taught second grade at Midway Heights Elementary for the majority of her career. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing bridge, reading, traveling, and constantly learning about world history. She was also actively involved in the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Missouri Retired Teachers Association, and the Missouri United Methodist Church, including their Searcy-Feely Circle. On September 17, 2019, Sue received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Service to Public Education and was bestowed the title of Professor Emeritus from Boone County Unit of Missouri Retired Teachers Association. Sue was a strong, determined, and passionate woman who cared deeply for anyone that she met in her life.

Sue is survived by her three children, Mark Alan Brewer, Mary Melissa (Brewer) Davis, Jeffrey Montgomery Brewer; two granddaughters, Erica Lee Martin and Scarlett Marylee Davis; and one great grandson, Jesse Alan Martin, and many other family and friends.

Sue is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Alan Brewer; her father Herbert Leo Jones; her mother Mary Inez (Freeman) Jones; her sister Margaret Ann Ray; and her brother Herbert “Sonny” Luther Jones.

The family of Norma Sue Brewer wishes to thank Midway Heights Elementary, P.E.O. Sisterhood, Missouri Retired Teachers Association, and the Missouri United Methodist Church for the wonderful memories and purpose they gave her.

Visitation and Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 24 at the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia, MO in McMurry chapel. Visitation will be at 10:00 AM and Funeral Service will be at 11:00 AM. Burial Services will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Cardwell Cemetery PO Box 482 Cardwell, MO 63829


  • Cardwell Cemetery


  • Visitation Monday, February 24, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 24, 2020
  • Interment Service Monday, February 24, 2020


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Linda Klopfenstein

February 24, 2020

Sue was a trusted and loyal faculty member and second grade teacher at Midway Heights Elementary School for many years. Sue was always ready for her busy day with students and provided many opportunities for learning. She loved her students and her chosen career. I can still hear her laugh in the classroom and at faculty meetings. She will be missed.

Linda Klopfenstein,
Retired Midway Heights Principal

Janice Palmer

February 24, 2020

Mrs. Brewer taught three of my children. She was such a great teacher and encouraged them to work hard but they all said she made learning fun. I was a room mother and loved having parties with Mrs. Brewer. I also knew her husband Jerry as I was a foster parent. Both were exceptional people. I pray the family will remember and be comforted by all the children who loved Mrs. Brewer.

John Ray

February 23, 2020

Aunt Sue was a very sweet and always kind lady. She will be missed deeply. Words can't mend your heartache but those who care share in your loss

Wish you comfort and peace of mind.

John, Karen and Ben Ray
Gabrielle, Laszlo, Lucian, Sirius,Loki and baby Freya Tarsoly

Rebekah Baumgartner-Doll

February 21, 2020

Mrs. Brewer was my first teacher after moving into the Midway district. She made me feel welcome and that meant the world to me as an 8 year old kid who was brand new and didn’t know anyone. I have memories watching Reading Rainbow and her teaching us cursive handwriting. She was a teacher who cared about her students and after 32 years I am grateful for all the kindness and love she gave to a scared 8 year old girl.

Amanda George

February 21, 2020

Mrs. Brewer was my first teacher at Midway in 1979 after my family relocated to Midway (Columbia) from St. Louis. I remember her as a generous, precise, kind and always had high standards. What am amazing teacher!!!! I know she made a difference in the lives of many, many children.

Madolyn Kaminski

February 21, 2020

Our dear cousin Norma Sue was the first cousin of my mother Sherry Simer DeSilva. She was much beloved by my mother. Norma Sue and my mother grew up and were as sisters. Through the kindness of Norma Sue’s parents my mother Sherry lived with the Jones family for several years. A year before my mother died we took the trip to Columbia Missouri to visit Norma Sue. It was such a happy occasion for both my mother, Norma Sue and I. My mother was an avid writer and sent many letters and received many letters from Norma Sue and other cousins. Her Obituary reflected what a lovely and caring person she was.
My most sincere sympathy to the rest of the family, Madolyn DeSilva Kaminski ,
my husband Mark and our daughter Andrea, sisters Amy Clarke, Allison DeSilva, and Penny Forner.

Carrie Voss Storms

February 21, 2020

Mrs Brewer was my second grade teacher at Midway in the mid 80s. I remember her class with delight! What a wonderful woman and such a legacy she has left. My condolences to the family –

Kathy Hughes

February 21, 2020

When we moved to Midway from southern California in 1979, Sue was already teaching second grade at Midway Heights, where we enrolled our daughter Steffie. We were licensed foster parents, and got to know Jerry in that role. Our friendship as couples was solidified over soup dinners and bridge games, as well as our mutual desire to improve the foster system in Boone County. That resulted, ultimately, in the founding of Rainbow House. Sue's gentle encouragement and Jerry's excellent professional advice were invaluable. RIP Sue.

Mary Shoroye

February 21, 2020

She was a strong & kind woman who left a memorable impact on me as my 2nd grade teacher at Midway Heights Elementary and my prayers go out to her friends & family.

Susan Ray

February 20, 2020

Aunt Susie had the spirit of a loving heart and will continue to live in our memories .....

May you all take comfort in the sweet memories of a beautiful life.

With Sympathy,

Love, Susan, Lydia, Khalid and Al


Sue with Jesse (great grandson) and Mark (son)


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Sue with Scarlett (granddaughter), Melissa (daughter), and Mark (son)