In Loving Memory
Mary Josephine Brewington of Liberal, Kansas, passed away Aug. 7, 2010, at Liberal Good Samaritan Center. She was born in the music room in her family’s home at 3rd and Jordan Street on October 15, 1909 in Liberal, Kansas. The house still stands today. Mary’s parents were PF and Mary “Mamie” (Cuskaden) Hanlin. Mary also had one sibling – a brother named Francis “Dick” Hanlin who was 18 months her senior. Dick passed away in 1975.
Mary attended elementary, junior high and senior high school all in Liberal. At the time of Mary’s enrollment, Liberal Senior High was located where Washington Elementary School now stands. She graduated with her high school diploma in 1927.
Mary married Raymond Brewington on January 30, 1928. The nuptials took place in Great Bend, Kansas. Raymond and Mary made their home on 2nd Street in Liberal, next door to Mary’s parents. On April 24, 1932, Nancy Jane Brewington was born. She was the only child of Raymond and Mary.
During World War II, Raymond left home and joined along with many other brave men to fight for our country’s well being. During this time, Mary worked at Woolworth’s. Other than being a mother and homemaker, this was the first and only job Mary ever had.
Mary was very involved with the First United Methodist Church and a member of Circle #3 of UMW. She taught Sunday school for over 25 years. She was the church historian and helped make FUMC’s heritage room what it is today.
Raymond Brewington passed away on March 19, 1974. Mary and Raymond were married for 46 years. Mary has always put family first. They were, by far, her number one priority. Mary has two grandchildren – Debbie King of Liberal, KS (husband Tracy) and Tisha Carrothers of New Philadelphia, OH (husband Mark) and one great-granddaughter – Kassi Westerman of Snyder, TX (husband Tyler) and a great-great grandson to be born in November.
In March 2005, sadly Mary lost her only child, Nancy (Brewington) Robinson. They were quite the mother-daughter duo. They spent much of their time together as well as with the rest of the family.
Mary lived on 2nd Street in the home she and Raymond had built in 1949 until 2007. At that time, she took up residence at the Good Samaritan Center. Mary had always enjoyed crocheting, stitching handiwork and gardening. Watching basketball was one of her favorite pastimes. Mary had always been a Los Angeles Laker’s fan. Her favorite days were during Magic Johnson’s era. She rarely missed a game. Mary was also quite the Kansas Jayhawk Fan and had been for many years.
Other survivors include nieces, Jeanine Powelson, Hugoton, KS and Marjorie Beery, Rogers, AR. She was preceded in death by son-in-law Richard “Dick” Robinson in 2007.
o Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 17th at Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Randall officiating. Interment will be in Liberal Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 – 8 p.m. Monday at Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions to Liberal Good Samaritan Center or First United Methodist Church in care of Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 W. 2nd, Liberal, KS 67901.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brennemanfuneralhome.com.