Mrs. Muriel J. Brouwer
January 15, 1918 – March 10, 2018
Muriel Jameson Brouwer 1918 to 2018
Muriel was born in Woody, California, to Frank and Christine Jameson. Muriel met Robert Brouwer in San Francisco when Robert was a handsome sailor stationed at Fort Mason and she a beautiful young woman who left Cal Berkeley to work at the Marin Shipyards during the war. They married in 1943 and moved to Los Gatos in 1950.
Robert and Muriel owned and operated Village Floor Coverings of Los Gatos until the late 1960s. After Bob retired from the labor intensive floor covering business in the late 60s, Muriel opened Accent on Rugs of Los Gatos. Muriel was unique to the handmade rug business at the time. Her consummate taste, honesty and business integrity brought success in a field long dominated exclusively by men. Shortly before retiring and moving to the Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Oregon, in 1995, Muriel passed on her business savvy to her son Philip, who operated Accent on Rugs until his retirement in 2011. Shortly after Muriel’s and Bob’s move to Oregon, Muriel encouraged and guided her daughter Susan to open another successful handmade rug shop in Medford, A Rug for All Reasons.
Muriel was devoted to the arts, especially music, and was a financial supporter of the symphony and chamber music groups that she loved, as well as many other worthy organizations. She was also an avid reader and loved books and publications that were enriching and inspiring. She was a lover of beauty, which was reflected in her beautiful rug shop, her dress, the things she was interested in. She was a savvy businesswoman guided by personal integrity and style. She was also modest and quiet, in spite of her accomplishments. A unique and complex woman, Muriel also loved camping outdoors and sleeping in a tent, cooking over an open fire, playing the harmonica with her children.
Her children describe her as beautiful, idealistic, romantic, hard-working, determined, fragile but tough at the same time, a complex but loving mother.
Muriel Brouwer died peacefully at the Rogue Valley Manor after a short illness at age 100. Her adoring husband Robert predeceased her in 2009. Muriel is survived by her three children, Susan, Douglas and Philip, along with six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.