She was born March 17, 1919, south of Clay City, Ind., as the daughter of James B. and Evalyn Wilkes Lankford.
She graduated from Clay City High School in 1936 as Salutatorian and received her teaching certificate from Indiana State Teacher's College in 1938.
In 1940, she began teaching at Union Elementary -- a two-room school near Clay City.
She married James Jackson Brewer Dec. 22, 1945, and he preceded her in death in December 1991 after 46 years of marriage.
In the 1960s, she returned to ISU and received her Bachelors and Master's degrees. She taught at Middlebury, Clay City, Jackson Street and East Side Schools in Brazil.
Margaret enjoyed sewing, gardening and volunteering her time at Cornerstone Christian Academy.
She had been a member of ADK teaching sorority since 1964 and a member of First Christian Church of Brazil for more than 60 years. In 1999, Margaret received the Focus Award for Education in Clay County.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband James J., her brother Kenneth Lankford, sisters Irene Lankford, Virginia Lankford and Ruth Short.
She is survived by sister Betty Clifton, Indianapolis, brother-in-law Jerry Short, Nineveh, Ind., and James A. Brewer, Columbus, Ohio, daughter Marilyn Chamberlain (husband Larry), Monroe, Ohio, grandchildren Angie Otis (husband John), Lisa Villate (husband Eric), Kathryn Chamberlain, Maggie Brewer, Dr. James P. Brewer (wife Dr. Rachel Biber Brewer), great-grandsons Nick and Ethan Otis, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, and one hour before funeral services Saturday at Moore Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, with burial to follow at Center Point Cemetery.
Following interment, there will be a reception at the Brazil First Christian Church (Cornerstone Academy).
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