Joan Brewer, 88

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BRUNSWICK — Joan Brewer, 88, died Aug. 28 at Mid Coast Hospital. She was born in Middletown, Conn., Feb. 1, 1924, the daughter of Arnold and Cornelia Dodd Brewer. She grew up in Ridgefield, Conn., where she loved riding horses.

Brewer graduated from Chatham Hall in Virginia in 1941, attended Vassar College and graduated from Goddard College in Vermont in 1991. She married and was divorced from Maynard Williamson and Frank Warner.

A former resident of New Castle, Del., where she was a championship tennis player, Brewer also lived in Mexico City and Tokyo. While living in West Lebanon, N.H., Brewer was one of the founders of The Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction, Vt. She also was a founder of Quest women’s groups in West Lebanon and Brunswick, and was an active volunteer at the Curtis Memorial Library and for the Brunswick Police Department. She was an avid skier and swimmer, and was known to write letters expressing her opinions to local newspapers.

Brewer is survived by her son Christopher Brewer Williamson and his wife, Peggy, of Fitchburg, Mass. and Spruce Head; son James Maynard Williamson, of Cambridge, Mass.; three grandchildren, Abigail, Sarah and Thomas; great-granddaughters Anya, Lyla and Molly; and two nephews.

Following her wishes, a private celebration of Brewer’s life will be held for her many friends and family at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, ME 04011; to CHANS Home Health Care, 50 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011; to the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick ME 04011; or to The Upper Valley Haven, 713 Hartford Ave., White River Junction, VT 05001. Arrangements are in care of Brackett Funeral Home.