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Betty Jane (Byrne) Brewer, 4/5/22 - 10/21/17

Betty J. (Byrne) Brewer passed away quietly at the age of 95 on October 21st, 2017 after a short stay at the WaterLeaf Assisted Living Facility. A small graveside gathering will be held at the East Lawn Memorial Park in Elk Grove this Thursday, Oct. 26th at 1pm, where she will join her husband, Niron Brewer, who passed 20 years ago.

Betty was born in Sacramento, one of three daughters of Bruce and Agnes Byrne, on April 5, 1922. Never afraid of technology, she helped her father wire their house for electricity while still a teenager. During World War 2, she joined the Navy WAVES where she earned her wings and taught flying to incoming airmen, stationed in Olathe, Kansas and Fort Lauderdale, Seattle, and New York. She said that learning “aerial free gunnery” was incredibly thrilling, but the quiet of flying a glider was the closest she had ever felt to being a bird. Following the war, she briefly taught aerobatic flying at a small Sacramento airport that mostly catered to crop dusters, but found there was little interest in it so soon after the hostilities.

She met her husband-to-be, Niron Brewer, Jr., at the Sacramento Municipal Airport, though he later joined the Sacramento City Fire Department, rising to Captain. After marrying in 1948 and raising two children, she returned to college and earned a degree in accounting from Sacramento State College. Quickly passing the Certified Public Accountancy boards, she joined the Price-Waterhouse firm where she served for several years before leaving to join Lloyd Sampsel as he opened Sampsel-Rutter. After a few years, she again left and opened her own office where she became the first small accountancy in Sacramento to offer computerized tax services by programming her own tax software before anything was commercially available.

She and Niron are survived by their two children, Eric Brewer and Jane (Brewer) Keller, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She will be dearly missed.

Funeral Home:
Andrews & Greilich Mortuary
3939 Fruitridge Road
Sacramento, CA
US 95820


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Thursday

26

Oct

1:00 PM
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary

9189 E. Stockton Buolevard
Elk Grove, CA 95624

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