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Mary (McCown) Brougher


1920 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Mary (McCown) Brougher Obituary
HOUSTON Mary McCown Brougher passed away in Houston, April 15, 2012, after a sudden illness. She was born April 1, 1920 the seventh and youngest child of James Robert and Charlotte Powers McCown in the family home near Paris at Cross Roads, Texas.

The family moved to Odessa, Texas in 1925, a town of about 600 residents. Mary Edna had a happy childhood and graduated from Odessa High School in 1937. She subsequently attended Abilene Christian College and Draughon's Business School, also in Abilene.

In 1941 she married J.W. Orr. During WWII, he was a flight trainer in the army air corps and she was an officer's wife with an infant. The young family moved to San Marcos for most of the stint. After the war, the couple returned to Odessa and owned and operated Orr Drug Store until 1954. Mary then worked in a variety of jobs, often 2 or 3 at the same time to provide for her family which now consisted of two sons and a daughter.

Throughout her life, she continued her education and in 1958 she was hired as secretary to M.O.Boring, CEO of Dixilyn Drilling Corp. While in this position, she realized many accomplishments, personal and professional: sat for exams and earned the prestigious CPS designation, worked closely with New York lawyers and bankers for Dixilyn's IPO on the American Stock Exchange, sat on the Ector County Child Welfare Board, and was the secretary for the Odessa Pro-Am. She thoroughly enjoyed the drilling business and this exciting period in her life.

On 6/6/1964, Mary wed George Floyd Alsup. Less than 9 months later, still a newlywed, she was widowed (2/27/1965) due to a car accident. Three years later, because she needed a date to the Borings' lavish masquerade ball, Mary was introduced to Cal Brougher. In a matter of a few months, they were married (3/15/1968). Mary then became a full-time housewife, complete with a new 3 year old son whom she adopted as her own. In 1976, Cal sold his controlling interest in Lesgo Rental Tools and the family retired to several months of traveling the U.S. and Canada in their motor home, then settled in the metro Denver area. Cal died in 1983 and the next few years Mary divided her time among homes in Denver, Copper Mountain, CO and Ruidoso.

In 1988, Mary came out of retirement and moved to Houston where she and her daughter took the opportunity to rescue a restaurant, Uncle Tom's Kitchen on Jones Rd in the Cypress area of North Houston. Mary, once again in a professional setting, honed her skills in office and personnel management, joined business and service organizations, became a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, took college courses and learned all she could about the food service industry. They were successful in the venture and the restaurant sold in 1995. Though Mary was then in her mid 70's, she continued to take computer technology courses at Houston Community College and remained active in the Spring/Champions area of Houston. Her last eight years were spent in her high-rise 17th floor condominium with a beautiful view of the Houston skyline.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Mary Jay Orr Sizenbach (Dr. Gary, Houston); sons, Bill Orr (Houston) and John Orr (New Braunfels); 3 grandsons, Bill and Doug Sizenbach and Todd Cole; and 3 granddaughters, Elizabeth Orr Brown, Rose Orr George and Nora Orr Davis; 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and exceptional friends. In addition to her husbands and parents, Mary was preceded in death by her son, Perry Brougher; her five brothers, Dolvin, Sam, Joe, Foy and Robert McCown; her sister, Ida McCown Mahan and her grandson, Thomas William Orr.

Mary was a free-spirited Christian of profound faith and a member of Cypress Creek Christian Church. Per her wishes, Mary's cremains will be spread during leafing season on Mt. Lindo, overlooking Denver.

A joyous, vibrant lady, Mary had friends from all walks of life. Her family sincerely appreciates the many compassionate condolences and acts of kindness of her friends and requests that any memorials be made to the Don Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer, the Michael J. Fox Parkinson Foundation, or to any other favorite charity. Finally, the family is deeply grateful to Dr. Naila Ramiz for her ongoing compassionate and loving care.
Published in Odessa American on Apr. 29, 2012
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