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FitzHenry’s Funeral Home

3945 Fairview Drive, Carson City, NV

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Betty L. Powell

10 mars , 192726 mai , 2019
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Betty Lou Powell, 92, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 26, 2019. Born on March 10, 1927 in Carrollton, IL, she was the fourth child of Carlos and Anna Sackman Morrow. She grew up in Whitehall, IL where she enjoyed music, singing, fishing, reading and being with her family.

She went to high school in Illinois and attended Culver-Stockton College on a scholarship in Music where she earned her Associates degree. She met her husband, Max, and the two were married on June 20, 1948 at the age of 21. They were married for nearly 59 years and traveled the world supporting Max in his Air Force career. They lived and traveled to many places including New York, Spain, and the Philippines. While living in Spain she was an active member of the Gray Ladies volunteering for the American Red Cross. In addition to traveling she enjoyed singing in the church choir, playing golf, cards, bowling, gardening, and sharing stories with her grandchildren. Max and Betty raised three children and enjoyed the company of their five granddaughters. She is most remembered by her kindness and ability to find humor in all situations. Her love of her family was above all else. She was preceded in death by her husband Max on October 12, 2008 as well as her sister, Kate Dawson and brother, Paul Morrow. She is survived by her sister Margaret Hindelang of Alton, Il.; son Ted (Debbie) Powell of Lima, OH; daughters Nancy (Jim) Weldon of Port Ludlow, WA. and Mary Beth (Todd) Libra of Reno, NV.; five grandchildren, Sarah (Andy) Bidwell of Missoula, MT; Carrie (Hugh) Thomas of Shoreline, WA; Anna (David) Jurnack of Atlanta, GA; Elizabeth (Eric) Tucker of Reno, NV and Addie Powell of Lima, OH, and seven great grandchildren.

In Lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Nevada Humane Society at 2835 Longley Lane B, Reno, NV 89502 in Betty’s honor.

Services

  • Funeral Service vendredi, 31 mai , 2019

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Eileen Rafferty Lee

1 juin , 2019

Nancy, Mary and Ted,

Some of my fondest memories of my high school years were spent in your home. Your mom was always so kind to me, she taugh me so much, and she always made me laugh. I loved her. Her wonderful sense of humor has always stuck with me. I remember when my son, Bryan, was about five we came by to visit. Bryan had been picking up walnuts, bagging them and selling them. My intention was to give some to Betty. At some point she and Bryan had gotten on the subject of his selling the nuts. Before I could intervene, Bryan was giving his best sales pitch to his Grandma Betty. (That is what he affectionately called her). The next thing I knew Betty had her purse out and was going through her wallet . She looked up at him, as he studied her purse. “ Bryan, I do not have enough money. Will you take a check”? “No”, he replied in a stern five year old voice. At that, Betty absolutely cracked up. She was laughing so hard and talking to him at the same time. She was telling him how it was good to only accept cash from his customers and that he was a good businessman. By this time we were all laughing and trying to convince Bryan that her check was good. Years later when Bryan grown, she retold the story to him. She laughed just as hard, on that occasion,as she did the day it happened.



Tom Murgatroyd

31 mai , 2019

Mary, Nancy, and Ted-
I, like all of her nieces and nephews, have so many warm memories of your Mom. She was such a kind and fun loving aunt.
Our prayers for you and your families.
Tom & Lora

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Biographie

To everyone around Betty, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. She brought out the best in any situation and was always ready to offer a smile, a witty remark or a big hug. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Betty really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.
Betty’s parents were Carlos (Bing) and Anna Morrow. She was born in Carrollton and raised in Whitehall, Illinois. Even as a child, Betty had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention.
Always a good playmate, Betty was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Betty managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Betty was raised with three siblings. She had older sisters, Kathleen and Margaret and older brother Paul.
All of Betty's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Betty experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. She was a cheerleader in High School. In her spare time she liked fishing with her dad.
Betty simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Betty graduated from Whitehall High School in 1945. Her favorite classes in high school were English, Band and Voice. She even won the state championship in music.
Betty reveled in her college years, where her imagination could run free. She was viewed by many of her classmates as being a creative, artistic person. Betty was usually found at the center of things, whether it was during class or in extracurricular activities. She was a jovial person who loved to share her passion for fun with others. Betty relished the task of putting her imagination and love of music to work in class and earned her Associates degree in Music.
The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Betty very easy to approach. In 1948 Betty exchanged wedding vows with Max E. Powell at Whitehall Methodist Church of Whitehall, IL. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.
Betty’s ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children and relate to her grandchildren. Betty was blessed with three children, a son, Ted, and daughters Nancy and Mary Beth. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Sarah, Carrie, Anna, Elizabeth and Addie. Betty had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Betty had a knack for turning chores into games.
Betty enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Betty liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were music, card games, bowling, golf, fishing and painting. Betty was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.
Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Betty recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member of the Methodist Church and during that time, she was a member of the church choir.
Betty loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was fascinated with life and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included traveling to the Philippines, Hong Kong, Spain, Hawaii, and the Bahamas.
Betty was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Betty's favorite dogs was her Boston Terrier, Molly. They were best friends for 14 years. Her family was rounded out by her dogs throughout her life and included sweet Janie, Spot, Lisa and Sarah Dog.
Betty passed away on May 26, 2019 at Stone Valley Alzheimer's Special Care Center. She battled with Alzheimer's and complications from a stroke. She is survived by her sister, Margaret, son Ted, daughters Nancy and Mary Beth, granddaughters Sarah, Carrie, Anna, Elizabeth and Addie. Services were held at FitzHenry's Funeral Home in Carson City, NV. Betty was laid to rest in Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks, CA next to her husband.
Betty brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Betty L. Powell lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.