Born February 27, 1920 to William Carson Brewer and Laura Myrtle (Hawkins) Brewer in Sneedville, Tennessee – Virginia Evelyn Brewer would soon discover that she had a talent for several things over the course of her life. However, one thing you should always remember is that she always went by Evelyn – she never liked her first name.
Before turning 16 she met the love of her life, P. R. Karnes, with who she would marry in 1938 and have go on to have five children. (Two of which died within hours of birth) When she first married P.R. they planted, tended, and sold tomatoes in Marion, Indiana – where she also worked out of the back of the Hostess House selling Chicken Dinners.
Evelyn had a love of cooking. First, she sold her own special Onion Ring Batter Recipe to local stores. She often entered competitions, several of which included the famous Pillsbury Bake Off, where she usually took high placings whenever she competed. In later years, she became a realtor and worked out of her home.
The most important thing however was family. If anyone needed anything she was there to help. The greatest joy, however, were her grandchildren.
Even now, twenty years after she passed, I can still sense her watching over us. Especially when anyone smells random bursts of lilac – that means she is there.
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