Governor Brewer's journey into public service has been without fear, because her Minnesota-Norwegian parents, Wilford and Edna Drinkwine, established a firm foundation for her – one cemented in faith in God and love for our country.
Believing his country needed him during World War II, Wilford Drinkwine moved his wife and young son halfway across America for a job in the Nevada desert, working at the country’s largest Navy munitions depot. Governor Brewer was born a couple of years later in 1944.
Years of breathing poisonous fumes of harsh chemicals from the depot munitions, precipitated her father's death when she was 11. Facing the daunting and terrifying challenge of being a widow with two children and not having worked outside the home before, Edna Drinkwine taught her daughter by example how to face life's challenges – you meet them head-on.
Governor Brewer’s mother took all her savings and opened a franchise dress shop in California and worked 10 hours a day, 7 days a week. Governor Brewer worked right beside her mother, every day after school and on weekends. From her mother, she learned to make hard choices and learned the value of action – she learned that if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Edna Drinkwine taught her daughter that you’re measured by how you meet challenges – and, you never quit.