We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home
York, Maine – Nancy Ruth Weeks Brewer-Jones, 87, passed away at York Hospital on May 28th, 2022 in the presence of her family. Nancy was born in Malden, Massachusetts the beloved daughter to Edwin Moulton and Ruth Whittaker Weeks on March 29th, 1935. A talented pianist and organist, she performed across New England with notable singers such as D’Oyly Carte tenor Ted Gammage by the age of ten. She later graduated from Melrose High School in 1953 and earned a full scholarship to MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois to continue her studies in music. She graduated in 1957 after being inducted into the Phi Nu and Alpha Lamba Delta Honor Societies.
After graduation, Nancy travelled to Annapolis, Maryland to watch the love of her life, Gardner Brewer of Melrose, Massachusetts, graduate from the United States Naval Academy with the Class of ‘57. The two then married at the Academy and set off to Texas where Gardner attended flight school with the U.S. Air Force. Second Lieutenant Brewer excelled as a pilot and ultimately chose to specialize in flying B-52 Stratofortress Bombers. This led the couple on to exciting assignments across the globe in Texas, Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, and Germany. Along the way, they had three wonderful children: Jennifer Ruth, Peter Gardner, and Suzanne Rebecca.
But in 1967, tragedy struck when Gardner was killed-in-action in Vietnam flying low level reconnaissance missions in support of ground troops in battle. Picking up the pieces, Nancy relocated back to Melrose with her three young children and enrolled at Tufts University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Education in 1968 - as a Gold Star widow.
Nancy then took a trip to Palm Beach, Florida, where she met and later married G. Morgan Jones III. The two moved the family to Philadelphia where Nancy modelled and joined the Republican Ladies of Pennsylvania. She eventually gave birth to son, David Edward Morgan Jones, and subsequently accepted positions as administrator and music teacher at the Academy of the New Church at Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania in 1976.
Nancy went on to train hundreds of music students and vocalists. She directed several live-stage theater productions to include the Music Man, Pirates of Penzance, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. She also served as the executive secretary to the President of the Institution, social director of the secondary schools, and director of the dormitory system for girls. Amidst all of this activity, she managed to earn a second Master’s Degree from Villanova University and was inducted into the National Honor Society in 1980.
Since childhood, however, Nancy had dreamed of reconnecting with her family ties in Maine. So, in 1992, Nancy and Morgan permanently moved to York, Maine to enjoy life in America’s oldest county. For the next thirty years, she participated in local events, book and garden clubs, and frequented favorite ‘haunts’ throughout the state. She had a voracious appetite for reading across a wide array of subjects.
With family roots that date back to the Mayflower, Nancy was proud of America and encouraged those around her to give back to society and serve the Nation. She especially loved the military and readily volunteered to help deploying U.S. Troops as a Pease Greeter. Those who knew her recall her kindness, generosity, and interest in others. But she was also relentlessly curious and remained perpetually driven to find ways to help those in need. She especially loved saving animals.
Most notably, this Gold Star Widow and Blue Star Mother loved her family and actively supported and encouraged their success as each grew older and forged paths of their own. She was exceptionally proud of her four children: Jennifer Ruth Brewer, Colonel (USAF, Ret) Peter Gardner Brewer and wife Karen, Suzanne Brewer King and husband Bradley, and Colonel (USA, Ret) David Edward Morgan Jones and wife Donna; her eleven grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren and talked about all of them with a sparkle in her bright blue eyes.
As she bid her last farewell, Nancy’s spirit lifted into the wind having made the world a better place. Her legacy is one of wondrous love and inspiration that now carries on in the lives of those she touched along the way.