Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 1, 2013

Geneva Brumfield

Sept. 12, 1919-Feb. 28, 2013


SYRACUSE — Geneva Brumfield, 93, died Thursday at Avalon Village, Ligonier.

She was born Sept. 12, 1919 in Syracuse, to Lewis and Mary Frances (Davis) Rogers. After graduating high school, she moved to Indianapolis until 1945, when she returned to Syracuse. At that time, she attended business courses and worked at the old Wilt’s factory. She worked as a jail matron for eight years and in 1960, she became the first woman police officer for the city of Warsaw.

On Dec. 16, 1970, she married Gene Brumfield, who was then the chief of police in Warsaw.

She retired from law enforcement in 1976, when she became a county clerk for the sheriff and the mayor to assist them in clerical and receptionist duties until 1984.

She was a member of the Warsaw Arts and Crafts Club, Republican Women’s Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Fraternal Order of Police, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies of the Shrine. She purchased her share of Girl Scout cookies over the years.

She is survived by her brother, Ernie (Julie) Rogers, Syracuse; nephew, Scott L. Rogers, Syracuse; three nieces, Shelly L. (Terry Stump) Rogers, Syracuse, Darlene Peck, Cromwell, and Susie (Terry) McDonald, New Paris; three stepchildren, Dan (Dorothy) Brumfield, Port St. Lucie, Fla., Jody (Tom) Burns, Warsaw, and Patty (Chuck) Williams, Las Vegas, Nev.; seven stepgrandchildren; and nine step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Brumfield; brother, Bill Rogers; sister-in-law, Lucy Claytoa-Rogers; and her niece, Stacy Rogers-List.

There will be one hour of calling prior to the 1 p.m. memorial service Wednesday at Eastlund Funeral Home, Syracuse. The Rev. Brad Cox will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Pet Rescue.