Laura Myrtle Hawkins was born in Anderson, Indiana to William and Emma Zetta (Creason) Hawkins. She had six brothers and sisters, (in order) Mary, Ovie, Marshal, Florence, Curtis, and Sam.
Myrtle grew up in Anderson all of her young life. It was there that she met the love of her life, William Carson Brewer, with whom she married at age seventeen. They married in Anderson before moving to Marion, where they would live the rest of their lives. Myrtle became a step-mother to William’s son Leon. Together, she and William had three children, Ernest Everett, Virginia Evelyn, and Ruth Lorean.
Together they raised their life was filled with love and many travels down to Tennessee to visit the Brewer Family. Unfortunately, William passed away unexpectedly in 1949. Myrtle never remarried.
Until her retirement, Myrtle worked as a Nurse’s Aide at the local hospital. She was so focused on tiny details (due to her work) that once, when she was watching her grandchildren, she noticed that there was a stray thread on the bottom of an arm chair. “Fast as lightening” (as told by one of the grandchildren there) she went over, flipped the chair, removed the thread, and replaced said chair.
Later in life, Laura Myrtle Hawkins moved in with her daughter, Evelyn, and went on several vacations to the West Coast.