Commonwealth Journal


February 16, 2013

Mary Brewster


Mary Jane Rigney Brewster, age 61, passed away on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at Markey Cancer Center in Lexington, Ky.
The youngest of four, she was born on Sept. 12, 1951 in McMinnville, Tenn. to the late S.L. Rigney, Jr. and Sarah Louise Martin Rigney. At the age of five, on her own accord, she gave her life to the Lord Jesus Christ at the Summitville United Methodist Church and remained of the Methodist faith in various churches for the rest of her life.
On May 19, 1978, following a brief courtship, she married the love of her life, William Kenneth Brewster. Together they have two sons, Mark and Bryan Brewster, both of Somerset, Ky.
As a career, she started work at a small retail chain (that would eventually be absorbed by Walmart) in 1969 at the age of 18. Throughout the years of hard work she found success, eventually becoming part of the senior procurement team at the home office in Nashville, Tenn. Following the merger with Walmart in 1981, she took on a more challenging role as assistant, and then Manager of the local Walmart store in Somerset, Ky.. With almost 30 years of service, she retired in 1998, after which she stayed busy with other business ventures and hobbies that include RV traveling, boating, and a surprising new interest in farming on her beloved "Autumn Run" farm, just west of Somerset.
Survivors include her husband, Bill; sons, Mark and Bryan; sisters, Ann (Steve) Mitchell of Nashville, Tenn. and Carolyn Rigney of Hixson, Tenn.; brother, S.L. "Layne" Rigney III, also of Hixson; along with a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and close friends, including a very special friend, Linda Gosser. 
She was preceded in death by her mother and father.
A funeral service will be held Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Lakeside Memorial Gardens, following a visitation on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at 5 p.m. with her first cousin, Rev. Gerald Sanders officiating in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 832 Nandino Blvd., Suite "J" Lexington, Ky., 40511. 
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

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    Viola Keith Nicholas was born Sept. 5, 1921 to the late William and Alice Jones Keith and she departed this life to her eternal home on April 7, 2014, having attained the age of 92 years.
    She was a devoted wife to the late Wesley Nicholas for 50 years. She was a faithful member at Grave Hill Baptist Church where she taught the Ladies Sunday School class for many years. She retired from the Pulaski County Board of Education. After retirement she served as a foster grandparent at Oakwood Training Facility for special needs children. She also volunteered at the Burnside Elementary preschool program, giving her time, talents and love to the 3 and 4 year old children whom she adored.
    Viola is survived by two daughters, Diana (and Austin) Alton, and Tana (and Tom) Chesney; one son, Rex Nicholas; and three brothers, Robert (and Barbara) Keith, Danny (and Ann) Keith, and David (and Ellen) Keith.  
    She was also blessed with many grandchildren and all were special to her.
    Other than her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sons, Wayne Nicholas and Gale Nicholas; two grandsons, Ricky Alton and Michael Nicholas; a granddaughter, Karen Alton Cogdill; and the following siblings: Alicie Super, Emerine Neeley, Mattie Keith, Maggie Godsey, Bertha Duncan, Clara Helton, Otis Keith, Clora Hardwick, Vergie Keith, Grover Keith, Mertie Yeskie, Lowell Keith, Joyce Sellers, Bill Keith, and Jim Keith; and the following step-siblings: Murphy Owens, Geneva Hill, Louise Fritts, and Reva Jones.
    Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at the chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Bro. Darry Hatfield and Bro. Doyle Worley officiating.
    Burial will follow in the Grave Hill Cemetery.
    The family of Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to The Grave Hill Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 85, Tateville, Ky. 42558, or Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, Ky. 42503.
    Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas.

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