LONG BEACH - Viola B. Brewer, 80, of Long Beach, died July 17, 2007, in Long Beach. She was born Nov. 6, 1926, on a farm in Bedford County, Pa., to Noah and Mary Frances (Moyer) Nazelrod and was one of six children. When she was nine years old the family moved to the Pacific Northwest.
She graduated from Kalama High School and for many years lived in the Longview/Kelso area where she worked as a bookkeeper for a construction company. She also lived in Texas and California for a time before moving to the Long Beach Peninsula 18 years ago.
She had been a member of the Girls Northwest Rodeo Association and Women's Professional Barrel Racing Association in the 1950s and '60s She was very well known for picking really fast, quality horses. She loved hunting, fishing and camping. She was a member of the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall.
Survivors include her daughter Sandy Alves of Long Beach; sister Fawn Hornbacker of Long Beach; grandchildren Mindi Reitz of Naselle, Ronnie Alves of Long Beach and Kurt Brewer of Albany, Ore.; great-grandchildren Nathan, Keith, Craig and Morgan Reitz of Naselle and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving is a member of her extended family Bonnie Traylor of Ceres, Calif. Proceeding her in death were a son, Steven Frank Brewer in 2002 as well as two brothers and two sisters. Her beloved dogs Gizzy and Teddy, as well as her entire family will miss her.
At her request, no formal services are to be held. Committal will be at the family plot at Longview Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to Penttila's Chapel by The Sea and the guest book may be signed at www.penttilaschapel.com.