Deborah “Debbie” Lynne Brewer, 68, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 11, 2021 in her home in Myrtle Beach surrounded by the love of family and friends, following a valiant 16-month battle with metastatic breast cancer. Born June 11, 1953 in Washington, D.C., Debbie is the daughter of the late Patricia Joan Koebert and Charles Edward Druen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Charles (Chuckie) Patrick Callihan, stepfather Frank Joseph Sokol, and former husband Stephen Ernest Brewer.
Debbie is survived by her daughter Jennifer Gallahan Amato and fiancé Chris of Alexandria, Virginia; son Stephen Patrick Brewer and wife Jessica of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; stepson Timothy Ray Olbrych of Stafford, Virginia; brother Stephen Koebert Callihan and wife Karen of Raleigh, North Carolina; sister Loretta Alice Druen of Rocky Mount, North Carolina; sister Shannon Louise Druen of Winton, California; brother Sean Edward Druen of Lawrenceville, Georgia; six grandchildren: Victoria “Bella” Shannon, Nicholas (Nick) Alexander, Savannah Alice, Katelyn Lucille, Carly Grace, and Harper Grace; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends; and loyal Shih Tzu Buddy.
Debbie grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and was a proud Groveton Tiger. She spent many summers in her mother’s hometown of Nutter Fort, West Virginia with a tight knit gaggle of aunts, uncles, and cousins. She raised her children in Alexandria and cheered them on faithfully in all their chosen endeavors. She began her career as a civil servant for the U.S. Navy, and retired from the Sheet Metal Workers National Pension Fund in June 2008.
She moved to Myrtle Beach in the summer of 2009, fulfilling her long held dream to retire to a beach town. She fiercely loved her neighbors and found joy in serving her community. Her dining room was often filled with raffle baskets, donation collections, and various craft projects for community and charity events.
Debbie always knew how to comfort people in tough situations. She served as a primary care giver for multiple family members and friends, often traveling long distances and spending extended periods away from home to be with those she loved in need. She had a forgiving heart and met and loved people where they were.
She loved decorating and had a keen design eye, though she insisted she wasn’t artsy and could barely draw stick figures. She enjoyed playing games and would relish in victory, giving her grandchildren ample opportunity to hone the art of losing gracefully. She spent many a night playing Mexican Train Dominoes with family, friends, and beloved cousins in West Virginia, eating, drinking, and laughing into the wee morning hours.
Family and friends are invited to Debbie’s memorial service at 2pm on Friday, October 15, 2021 at McMillan-Small Funeral Home, 910 67th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572. Please feel free to come as you are.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Debbie’s name may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (bcrf.org) https://give.bcrf.org/give/302920/#!/donation/checkout or Lower Cape Fear Life Care (lifecare.org) https://lifecare.org/donate .
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