Esther Brodrick Brumage

May 18, 2012 Staff

Esther Brodrick Brumage, 93, died of natural causes Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the Powell Valley Care Center. She was the mother of the late Gary Brodrick of Riverton. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Powell.

Esther Cowgill was born Nov. 13, 1918, in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, the daughter of Thomas O. and Lois Cowgill, who were Quakers. She moved with her parents and younger brother, Warren. Her father was said to have played a significant role in developing the real estate business in the greater Cody area.

She graduated from Cody High School and then attended two years at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and two years at Northwestern University in Chicago, where she was graduated with a degree in music.

In 1940, she married Gordon H. Brodrick of Laramie, a civil engineering graduate of the University of Wyoming.

Mr. Brodrick worked for the Bureau of Reclamation in Lander and for Boeing in Seattle, where their sons were born, Michael in 1943 and Gary in 1944.

The family returned to Powell in 1952 to join with Bob Frisby in the purchased of Eddie Chevrolet, owned by Bud Webster. The partnership was dissolved in 1953 when Mr. and Mrs. Brodrick became full owners, continuing the family business in 1983.

Mr. Brodrick died July 7, 1984, at the family cabin in Red Lodge, Mont.

In November 1985, she married Robert C. Brumage, a retired Boeing engineer, also a University of Wyoming engineering graduate and longtime friend of her late husband, Gordon. Mr. Brumage died Feb. 6, 2006.

Her family said community involvement was very important in Mrs. Brumage's life. She founded the Powell Fine Arts Club, served on the Gottsche Foundation, the Paul Stock Foundation, the Northwest College Foundation and was a past state president of P.E.O., of which she had been a member since 1954. She served as organist, pianist and director of the First United Methodist Church of Powell. Her family recalls that the family's involvement in politics began with her father and continued throughout Mrs. Brumage's life. Several years ago, she received the Community Member of the Year Award from the Powell Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include her brother, Warren Cowgill of Minneapolis; her son, Mike Brodrick of Red Lodge, Mont., and his daughters, Stacy Brodrick of Tucson, Ariz., and Shannon Moyer of Elkridge, Md.; daughter-in-law Marlene Brodrick of Riverton and her sons Cory Anderson of Dallas and John Thomas Brodrick of Boise, Idaho; stepchildren Liz Hensley and Peter Brumage of Seattle, and Jane Kyle of Portland, Ore.; seven great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Brumage was preceded in death by her youngest son, Gary Brodrick, who died in 1992.

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