Nellie Grace Brumley died peacefully surrounded by family in Brownwood on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, after battling a chronic illness for many years.

She was the daughter of Pearl Mae and Charles C. Maddox of Rome, Ga.

She was also preceded in death by her beloved sisters, Dorothy Benoit and Ruth Maddox; her husband, Thomas Brumley; and her nephew, Nelson Benoit Jr.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Levesque, and son-in-law Roger Levesque; two granddaughters and their husbands, respectively, Bradlee Ann Dodds and Greg Dodds, and Randee Anne Grace Green and Robert Green; and three great-grandchildren, Sawyer Dodds, Felicity Dodds and Cooper Green, all living in Brownwood, Texas.

She is also survived by two step-granddaughters Shari Ochs and Michelle Combs; a step-grandson, Jon Levesque; and step great-grandchildren Kyle Ochs and Remi and Bronte Levesque. Other beloved survivors include a brother, Daniel Maddox and wife, Leticia, and a half-brother, Franklin D. Reeves and wife, Cindy, of Houston; and nieces Glenda Rothschild, Carol Demokis and Martha Benjamin.

Known by her friends and neighbors as “Charlie,” she lived an interesting life. As a young woman and married to a geologist, she had the opportunity to travel and live in several countries, including Argentina, Trinidad, and North Africa. Charlie moved to Bellaire, Texas, shortly before the death of her young husband, Robert Sandefer. Widowed in her late 20s, she bought her first home and started a business. For over 40 years, Charlie owned and managed four successful businesses. She married Tommy Brumley in her mid-40s and continued to live and work in Bellaire, until his brief illness and death shortly before their planned retirement to Cedar Park, just outside of Austin.

While in Cedar Park, her health began to fail, but that did not keep her from enjoying a lifelong, avid interest in gardening, a love of reading, and developing close friendships with her new neighbors. As her health continued to fail, she moved to Brownwood to be near her family.

She lived in Brownwood for over two years. Primarily house-bound, Charlie lived as independently as possible and continued to make new friends with everyone who entered her home, from her care-givers to her lawn man. She loved interacting with people and throughout her life, had a very special love of animals.

A private family memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Chapel with Dr. Don Scroggs officiating. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Nellie Grace Brumley, donations may be made to the Brown County Humane Society or a favorite charity.