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Betty J. Brumwell Buchmayer


Betty J. Brumwell Buchmayer, 85, of Solon, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at the Rehabilitation Center of Lisbon, surrounded by her heartbroken family.
She was born Jan. 31, 1933, in Washington, D.C., to John Stakes and Helen Genevieve Gibson Thomas. She graduated from high school in Washington, D.C., and then met and married Vernon L. Brumwell of Iowa. To this union, five children were born. They divorced in 1968. She took a chance on love again and married DeWayne A. Lamansky on Oct. 19, 1979, in Iowa City, and he died Sept. 3, 1992, after a very short illness. She married Raymond Buchmayer on Feb. 14, 2004, in Solon, and he died March 23, 2013.
She worked as a nurse's aide at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City for several years, then as a nursing assistant in labor and delivery for the OB/GYN Clinic at Towncrest for 27 years.
She was a member of the Solon United Methodist Church, was Sunday school superintendent and taught Sunday school for many years. She also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, where she was past president and vice president, and was the historian for many years. She volunteered at "Rock and Read" at the Solon school, was the den mother to Pack 120 and enjoyed senior dining at her church.
She loved to dance, listen to music, quilt, was a beautiful seamstress, was a voracious reader, loved any time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved going for walks with her dog, Mischief, who helped fill the lonely days after her husband, Ray, died.
Besides Mischief, she is survived by five children, Elaine (Clarence) Rothmeyer of Mount Carmel, Wayne (Katherine) Brumwell of Yarmouth, John (Michele) Brumwell of Keller, Texas, Susan (Russ) Grover of Racine, Wis., and James (Rita) Brumwell of Solon; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; five stepchildren, Craig, Neil, Brian, Vikki and Jill Lamansky; one sister, Jean (Harlan) Brumwell of Cedar Rapids; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands; stepfather, Michael Bravchok; one sister, Mary King; and one brother, John S. Thomas.
Funeral services for Mrs. Buchmayer will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Solon United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ken Ferguson will officiate. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Solon. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Memorials have been established for the Solon library and Solon Fire and Rescue.
Betty was proof of what a difference one beautiful life could make.
Online condolences may be left at www.elliottfuneralchapel.com.