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Obituary for JOYCE EVELYN BREWER
Joyce E. Crawford Brewer was born October 15, 1933 in Lancaster County, South Carolina to the late Freeman Crawford and Leona Funderburk Crawford. She was one of 13 children; another sibling died in early infancy.
Joyce was baptized at an early age at Oak Hill Baptist Church in Pageland, South Carolina. Upon her mother's death in March 1939, she and several of her younger sisters moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to be cared for by her oldest sister, Eunice. She continued to do so until her father remarried and reconstituted the family in Kanapolis, North Carolina.
Joyce attended grammar school in Kanapolis, and after moving to Washington, D.C., where she again lived with her oldest sister and family, she attended the DC Public Schools.
While attending Garnett Patterson School, Joyce met Howell Brewer, Jr., who was totally smitten with her. Howell continued to pursue her until they were married in January 1950. This union lasted until his death on August 25, 2002.
Joyce had many talents and became accomplished at reupholstering furniture. She loved to search for antiques in Baltimore and North and South Carolina. She was an avid collector of many antiques, including an expansive collection of clowns.
Joyce loved spending time with family, travelling to wherever they lived; Baltimore, Philadelphia, Denver, Washington D.C. and the Carolinas. She also was a caring person who helped many, often strangers who somehow were blessed by her presence in their life.
Approximately 35 years ago, Joyce and Howell met Michael Spriggs whom they fondly called their "adopted son." The bond they developed was inconceivable.
In her final years, Joyce was confined under the care of Michael, his wife Helen and family. She became a well loved patient who was appreciative of the professional care and attention she received from this family.
Joyce was preceded in death by all of her siblings, but leaves a very large family clan to mourn her loss. She was the aunt of many nieces and nephews, the great aunt of even more nieces and nephews, and the great, great aunt of many. There are many, many cousins who will miss her dearly in addition to her extended Spriggs family and friends.