Lyn Medlin Brewer
Lyn Medlin Brewer, age 77, went home to be with her Savior Jesus Christ on the evening of January 23, 2024, surrounded and comforted by her loved ones in Midland, TX.
She was born Myrle Lyn Yandell in Lubbock, TX on February 25, 1946, to Myrle Maud (Polly) Yandell, née Jenkins, and Daniel Howard Yandell, both of Tahoka, TX.
As a youngster, Lyn was known for her climbing ability, a skill which sometimes landed her in the doctor’s office with a scrape or broken bone of some sort. She was a good-natured troublemaker, often alongside her “sister-cousin” Jeanette. In order to preserve the girls’ sterling reputations, however, the rest of the family never did hear any details.
She loved visiting the farms where her aunts, uncles, and grandparents were sharecroppers, and where she picked her fair share of cotton, got poked by prickly pears, and played hide-and-seek in the corn fields. On February 14, 1964, she married Walter Scott Brewer III (known variously as Scott, Scotty, PawPaw, Brew, Uncle Scott, and Dammit, Brew!) in Lamesa, Texas.
At the time, Lyn was a senior at Lamesa High School, and Scott was a plumber, having recently graduated. In 1966, the couple moved from Lamesa to Odessa, where Scott had found work at the petrochemical plant south of town, and where he worked the remainder of his career.
They spent the rest of their nearly 50 years of marriage in Odessa, building a beautiful home together, which Scott was constantly adding to, thanks to Lyn’s seemingly infinite patience.
In their nearly 50 years of marriage, they raised three precious children: Walter Scott (Scotty) Brewer IV of Odessa, Stephanie Cheri Jones of Austin, and Leslie Dawn Boswell of Midland.
As a young mother, she and her family enjoyed outdoor activities, including camping, fishing, and hiking, often setting off in an overloaded station wagon towing a pop-up camper trailer. She greatly enjoyed cooking with and for her family, passing down knowledge and recipes from her mother to her children and grandchildren. In the summertime, she could be found on the patio making homemade ice cream (with Grape Nuts if you asked nicely) and Dr. Pepper floats while her husband Scott fried catfish and the grandchildren splashed in the pool.
At various points during the year, she and Scott would visit their dear friends Herbert and Vera May Itz on their ranch in Water Valley, TX, where they would swap stories of their grandchildren, catch catfish in the river, shop antique malls, and climb nearby hills just to see if they could make it to the top. She is survived by her brother James Howard Medlin of Shallowater, TX, and sisters Joanne Miles and Dana Beazley, both of Odessa, TX. She’ll be welcomed into heaven by her Savior Jesus Christ, alongside her husband Scott Brewer, her dad Francis Isaac (Ike) Medlin, her mother Polly Medlin, her son-in-law John Boswell, her biological father Dan Yandell, and her dear friends Patsy and Bill Brindle.
Lyn was affectionately known as Mimi to her four grandchildren: Patrick B Ray (wife Sophie) of Houston, Aiden Radford Scott Boswell of Midland, Abram Scott Brewer of Crane, and Norah Raelyn Boswell of Midland. She was blessed to enjoy nearly 37 years of being a grandmother, which gave her immense joy, as well as 40 years of being a loving aunt to Matthew Medlin, son of James and Melissa Medlin of Shallowater. Lyn would often tell you that being a grandmother was one of her greatest sources of joy, and she would wholeheartedly recommend the experience to anyone who would listen!
Lyn was a family-oriented woman who maintained close ties with her aunts, uncles, and cousins, most of whom lived in West Texas and the Panhandle. She visited with them often, especially enjoying Thanksgivings in the fall and Jenkins Family Reunions in the spring. Her cousins were like siblings to her: Hoppy, Ada Beth, Jerry, Cliff, Harvey, Troy, Tommy, Tim, Ted, Marshal, Virginia, Carolyn, Donnie Marie, Jeanette, Kenny, Jimmy Don, Kendal, Sabrina, Robin, Misty, Karen Sue, Sandy, and Mary, all of the Jenkins family, as well as Jodie, Mike, Linda, Brenda, and Carmen, all of the Yandell family.
Lyn also made many lifelong friends while working at Dr. Sheets’ Eyes of Texas clinic in Odessa, especially Blanche, Carloyn, Barbara and Barbara’s late husband Jimmie Burge, all of Odessa.
Lyn was a soul full of kindness and generosity. She taught her children and grandchildren the value of honesty, kindness, and love, both for one another and her sweet Savior Jesus. Lyn truly lived for her family and had an endless supply of stories about her children and grandchildren.
She spent a portion of her youth living in Ruidoso, NM, with her mother and dad, Isaac (Ike), and returned there as often as possible to breathe in the cool, pine-scented mountain air. Lyn loved playing in the river there with whichever little one happened to be in tow, and often accompanied her family on outings to the horse races or to Inn of the Mountain Gods casino.
She enjoyed games, either on the computer or in Las Vegas, a place she fondly remembers visiting with her family. There she enjoyed magic shows, played slot machines, and even took a helicopter ride around the city to get a bird’s eye view of the glittering lights of The Strip. In the mid-90s, Lyn bought a Nintendo and greatly enjoyed playing alongside her grandson and his friends.
She loved the water, and as a true native of West Texas, could often be found swimming if there was a hole wide and deep enough to get into.
She and her husband were integral in supporting the success of their children and grandchildren, contributing to their educations, and helping them purchase their first homes. Lyn and her husband were proud of their children and grandchildren, always encouraging them to do their absolute best with integrity and kindness.
Their back door was always open (only salesmen came to the front door), and their house was a welcoming place to all who stopped by for a visit and a bowl of stew with cornbread. Holidays at the Brewers’ home were a constant source of enjoyment for anyone blessed enough to attend, often including cousins, friends, and even family members’ friends.
During Lyn’s recent years, her best friend Lily Lerma would happily share her day-to-day conversation, enjoying Lyn’s stories of her children, grandchildren and life growing up with her cousins. Lily ensured Lyn’s home was well kept and that she had everything she needed on a daily basis. The family owes Lily a profound debt of gratitude for her years of service to Lyn and her family.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Bynum Special Needs School of Midland, where Lyn’s granddaughter, Norah, is currently a student.
Visitation will be at the 3222 Whittle Way Dr., Midland, TX 79707, at 5 PM on Saturday, January 27, 2024. Services will be at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home in Odessa, TX 11:00am, Sunday, January 28, 2024.
– Press-Reporter obituary services