MARIETTA — Rachel Mayo Brewster of Marietta passed from this life Saturday, September 2, 2017, after 16 months of constant care in her home. The Rev. Jeff McLemore will officiate her service on Friday, September 8, at 2:30 p.m., in Eastside Baptist Church, Marietta. Family visitation will be from 6 – 7:30 p.m.  ,Thursday, September 7, in the Chapel of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home, Marietta. Following her service, Mrs. Brewster will be laid to rest in Lakeview Cemetery, Marietta, under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
Rachel M. Brewster was born September 8, 1920, to parents Walter Scott Mayo and Julia Ann True Mayo in Marshall County. She was the youngest of a family of eight. Rachel graduated as Valedictorian from Aylesworth High School in 1938. She began her education in Durant, at Southeastern State College. While a student at Southeastern, she met the love of her life, Grady Brewster. Her studies were interrupted on November 8, 1941, with the birth of their only son, Billy Kent or “BK”, as she called him. Rachel continued her education graduating with a degree in Business Education. Her first teaching assignment was at Meadowbrook in Love County. While teaching for 43 years, she continued her higher education at Southeastern State College, the University of Oklahoma, Texas Woman’s University, and various other colleges. She felt as a superintendent’s wife she had to be prepared to teach in whatever field had an opening, when Grady moved to a new school. Her love was teaching Home Economics, as she loved to sew and cook. During her tenure at Meadowbrook her skills were always needed for the local 4-H Club sewing and cooking projects. Rachel always taught a great deal more than just textbook material. Teaching values of honesty and competent work ethic were her strengths. If a student needed a helping hand, Rachel was always there with a solution. Rachel was always generous, forgiving, encouraging and kind, never expecting anything in return.
In 1963, B.K. made her a very happy mother-in-law when he married Mary Sue “Suzie” Nelson and at last Rachel had her daughter, as she would always introduce Suzie.
Rachel’s life was further enriched by the birth of her grandchildren, Karel, Kecia, and Kent. Her three grandchildren became a major focus especially when in 1977 B.K. and Suzie built a house and moved in just across the pasture. Nannie, as they called her, could always be counted on for their favorite meals and snacks. The Brewster/Mayo/Hobbs combined families were her real joy especially at holiday time, but any occasion to gather for fellowship was always enjoyed. In 1974 Rachel and Grady once again settled in Love County, building their “retirement home” south of Marietta; however, retirement was far from their thoughts and many activities. While living in Marietta, Rachel continued teaching in Moody and Callisburg, and served as librarian in Marietta. In addition, she and her husband had a very successful, top quality Angus cattle operation. One of her great loves was making candy at Christmas; she could always be counted on for pounds of pecan fudge, date loaf and chocolate covered peanuts starting the day after Thanksgiving well into the New Year. When Rachel wasn’t cooking she could be found with her current favorite book or the daily crossword puzzle that she chose to complete “in ink” for she never made a mistake and knew all the answers due to her voracious reading. Anyone who knew Rachel knew she could be counted on for an ink pen, which she always kept over her right ear. Rachel was an active member in the Love County Retired Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, served on the Marietta School Board, was a licensed realtor, and devoted member of the Eastside Baptist Church for more than 40 years. Preceding her in death were her husband of 61 years, Grady Brewster; grandchildren, Betsy Kecia Brewster and Bradley Kent Brewster; great-grandson, Brewster Kaden Bradford; sisters, Ima Benich and Omega Harris; brothers, Logan Mayo, Brady Brown “Bill” Mayo, Walter Scott Mayo, Jr., and Doyle Mayo; and in-laws, Omar and Maude Brewster. She is survived by her son, Bill K. Brewster and wife Suzie of Marietta; granddaughter, Balynda Karel Brewster of Edmond, Okla.; great-grandson, Braxton Billy Kent Brewster of Edmond; close friend for more than 70 years, Marjorie Hobbs, who at 93 was still her Rebekah Sunday School class teacher; nieces; nephews; and dear friend Jean Peery, who for 16 years faithfully coordinated and cared for Rachel with assistance from McCortney Family in home care and Cross Timbers Hospice. Serving as pallbearers are Wayne Mayo, Earl Mayo, John Sparks, Dillon Sparks, Mark Hobbs, Donnie Allen, and Congressman Dan Boren. Honorary pallbearers are former Meadowbrook students and her Rebekah Sunday School class. The family suggests that donations be made to the Brewster Scholarship Fund c/o Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home, 100 East Main Street, Marietta, OK 73448. Online guest book is available at www.wattsfuneralhome.com.