Mary Kathryn Brewster Grider Courtwright, 77, of Ash Flat, Ark., daughter of the late Kenneth Merle and Helen Monica (Randolph) Brewster, was born on Dec. 16, 1930, in Borger, Texas. She died Nov. 27, 2008, at the Ozarks Medical Clinic in West Plains, Mo.
She married Allen L. Grider in 1948, and together raised seven children. She worked as a nurse in a nursing home in Portales, N.M.
Following the death of her husband in 1999, she renewed her relationship with her lifelong friend and companion, Charles Courtwright of Ash Flat, Ark., in October 2006.
She was a member of the Saddle Baptist Church.
She is survived by: her companion, Charles Courtwright of Ash Flat; six children, Jeannetta Boyden of Los Lunas, N.M., Kenneth Grider (Paula) of Rogers, Jo Knuth (Eric) of Bella Vista, Jim Grider (Suzanne) of Bentonville, Roy Grider of Centerton and Betty Nolte (Jeff) of Springdale; brother, Richard Brewster (Nancy); sister-in-law, Jean Brewster; brother-in-law, Vernal Mills; 10 grandchildren, John "Jay" Boyden, Kathryn Boyden, Emily Colston (Matt), Jennifer Johnson (David), Sarah Smith, Karen Phelps (Brian), Krystal Hophins (Jimmie), Daniel Boyden, Andrea Snitker (Jeremy), Chance Just; nine great-grandchildren; and many cousins; nieces; and nephews.
She was preceded in death by: her first husband; parents; brother, Charles Brewster; sister, Betty Ann Mills; step-son, Darrell Grider; and son-in-law, J. W. Sumner.
Funeral services were held Dec. 1 at Saddle Baptist Church in Saddle, Ark., with Bro. Jackie Dockins officiating. Interment followed in the Hump-hries Cemetery at Glencoe, Ark., with arrangements under the direction of the Barker Funeral Home in Salem, Ark.
Pallbearers were family members.
Memorials preferred to the Saddle Baptist Church, 8689 Heart Road, Mammoth Spring, AR 72554.