Esther Marie Garwood, 94, of Richmond, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Reid Health, Richmond.

She was born June 10, 1926 in North Washington, Pennsylvania to Orion Raymond and Blanche Mariah Rihel Brown.

Esther was a registered nurse trained by the Army Nurse Cadet program and graduated from Meadville City Hospital School of Nursing on May 18, 1947. She had over 55 years of service as a registered nurse in various professional settings.

On November 10, 1948, she married Charles Wendell Garwood in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He was a construction worker and helped build the Richmond Mall. Together, they also owned and operated the Maples Motel. Mr. Garwood passed away in May of 1978.

Esther was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Connersville.

In her leisure, she enjoyed traveling with family, writing poetry, listening to music, and directing/singing in the church choir.

Survivors include three children, Kathleen (Mark) Powell of Connersville, Jennifer (David) Parrish of Lynn, Indiana, and Wendy (Ned) Michael of Palm Coast, Florida; six grandchildren, Laura (Joe) Fredericks, Kevin (Sara) Powell, Ryan (Amy) Parrish, Adam (Tamra) Parrish, Shane (Shoshawna) Michael, and Cameron (Nicole) Michael; ten great grandchildren, Haley, Jude, Piper, Abby, Alaina, Gwendalyn, Titus, Levi, Anna, and Cecil; two siblings, Barbara Mascitti of Meadville, Pennsylvania, and William Brown of Cochranton, Pennsylvania; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Wendell Garwood; and siblings, Irene Klinginsmith, Hazel Williams, Raymond Brown, Henry Brown, David Brown, and Charles Brown.

It was Esther’s wish to be a tissue donor for the Indiana Donor Network.

Graveside services will be conducted at a future date at Linesville Cemetery, Linesville, Pennsylvania with her sons-in-law, Mark Powell and Ned Michael, officiating. Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Esther to Salesian Missions, 2 Lefevre Lane, New Rochelle, New York, 10801-5710, or the Salvation Army. Online condolences can be made anytime at