Gladys's Story

PRESQUE ISLE - Gladys Marian (Dunlap) Brewer, 91, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2015. She was born in Glenwood Plantation on January 16, 1924, the daughter of Ervin and Velma (Butterfield) Dunlap. She attended schools in the Wytopitlock area.

Gladys was a longtime member of the Grant Memorial United Methodist Church in Presque Isle where she had served on the Administrative Board and the Board of Trustees. She was an active member of the Dorcus Circle and a previous member of the Susanna Wesley Circle.

Until just recently, Gladys lived in the PI Housing complex for the elderly for over thirty years. She was moved to the Madigan House facility in Houlton three weeks ago, where she made friends quickly and settled in for her last journey on earth. While eating, she choked and ended up with full fledged aspirated pneumonia. She was moved to TAMC for seven days and then to Presque Isle Nursing and Rehab Center for her last three days.

Gladys is survived by her niece and "the daughter I never had" Sally (Nadeau) Lewin and her husband Curtis of Presque Isle; "special" niece Karla (Brewer) Seaman and her husband Ron of Freeport; brother-in-law Jay Brewer of Monticello; sisters-in law Iona (Brewer) Nadeau of Oakfield and Betty (Brewer) Williams of Houlton; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was known as "Grammie Gladys" to Aaron and Jennifer Buzza and daughter Maddie of Mapleton, Paul Smeltzer, his wife and children, and Becky (Smeltzer) Humphrey, her husband and children, all of southern Maine. She leaves behind special friends, Evelyn Holder, Beverly Nelder, Carolyn Kimball and Vivian Larson, along with her church family and neighborhood friends.

Gladys was predeceased by her husband of 35 years Alvin "Red" Brewer in 1984; her son Donald Dunlap in 1988; her parents; her step-son Max Brewer in 1977; her sister Muriel (Dunlap) Gillis of Danforth in 2009 and brother-in law Frank Gillis of Danforth in 2008.

A special thank you to Mary Gallant FNP at Pines Health Services, all nurses and care givers at Aroostook Home Health Services, Madigan House and PI Nursing and Rehab.

Per Gladys' request there will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 17, 11:00 am at the Foster Cemetery in Monticello. Refreshments will follow at the home of Michael and Jan (Brewer) Martin in Monticello. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Grant Memorial United Methodist Church, 79 Fleetwood St., Presque Isle, ME 04769.
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