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Reva Lucile Griggs Brewer


Reva Lucile Griggs Brewer passed away January 26, 2014 in Boise, Idaho of natural causes. Reva was born September 1, 1930 in Purdy, Arkansas to Jasper and Esther Griggs.

Reva lived in Madison County, Arkansas until her family moved to Idaho in 1935. She married Jack R. Hill on October 1, 1947 in Challis, Idaho. To this marriage was born four children: Judy Burns, Karen Hill Cunnington, Fred Hill and Jan Brown. Reva and Jack moved to a farm in Castleford, Idaho and in the winter months worked for their neighbor’s sheep camp where Reva cooked for all the sheepherders. She was a stay-at-home mom with other duties assisting with the farm and later when they moved to Challis in late 1967 on the ranch.

After their divorce she worked as a waitress and cook at the Y-Inn Café, Van Gas Company, Custer County Assessor’s Office and was elected as Assessor of Custer County.

In 1978 she moved to Reno, Nevada and worked at Harrah’s Casino as a tour guide and then moved to Boise, Idaho in late 1979. She worked at the Idaho Tax Commission and later at Idaho Transportation Dept. as an appraiser until her retirement.

On September 26, 1986 she married John V. Brewer in Twin Falls, Idaho at the Magic Valley Hospital with Reva’s Mom, Esther Griggs, as their witness. To this marriage she inherited three step-children: Pam Brewer, John H. Brewer and Carol Brewer.

Reva loved to cook, garden and took pride in her home and she loved to entertain with her family and friends.

Reva retired early to assist in taking care of her father-in-law who had moved from Chicago and moved in with them. Reva also traveled internationally with her husband on his business trips to China, Europe, India, Japan and Israel. The Scandinavian countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand were some of her favorite places. In their retirement years she and her husband got very involved in politics.

She is survived by her husband, John V. Brewer, of Boise, Idaho; her children Judy Burns of Meridian, Karen Hill Cunnington of Boise, Fred (Sue) Hill of Challis and Jan (Steve) Brown of Meridian; step-children Pam Brewer of Boise, John H. Brewer of the Los Angeles area, and Carol Brewer of Dallas, Texas; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren that brought a lot of joy to her life. She is also survived by her brothers Herschel (Teresa) Griggs of Richland, Washington and Jim (Barb) Griggs of Twin Falls, Idaho; sister Glenda Britz of Meridian, Idaho; sisters-in-law Marge Griggs of Challis and Kathy Griggs of Star, Idaho; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jasper and Esther Griggs; brothers Raymond, J D, Onel and Jerry Griggs; sister Dorothy Weast; and sister-in-law Darlene Griggs.

Memorial contributions may be made in Reva’s honor to your favorite charity.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Summers Funeral Homes, Ustick Chapel, Meridian, Idaho. Interment was held at Dry Creek Cemetery.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family on Reva’s memorial webpage at www.summersfuneral.com.

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