Colleen L. Liddy Powell

August 24, 1937September 14, 2020

Colleen L. Liddy Powell, 83, of Fishers, Indiana, formerly of Fort Wayne, Indiana went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, September 14, 2020. She was surrounded at her passing from death to eternal life by her husband, children and their spouses. Colleen was born August 24, 1937, in Fort Wayne to the late Loyal L. and Mary Ellen Liddy (Vanzant). She graduated from Southside High School. Upon graduation, Colleen moved to Lancaster, PA, where she earned the top student Florence Nightengale award in nursing from St. Joseph Hospital. Colleen worked for many years as a registered nurse at Lutheran Hospital and physician offices, retiring in 1989. While in nursing school, she met the love of her life, Jay R. Powell. Their chance meeting turned into a lifelong love. On February 21, 1959, Colleen and Jay married in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Their commitment to each other and their marriage vows has spanned over 63 years.

Colleen was a kind and gentle soul who put her family and faith first throughout her life. She was happiest helping others - especially children – and making memories with family and friends. Colleen loved gatherings that included her husband, children, grandchildren, and grand dogs, however her very favorite time of all was vacationing seaside with the entire crew in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Colleen was an accomplished pianist, and spent her free time relaxing with a good book, listening to James Taylor, and watching Blue Bloods.

While helping others throughout her life, Colleen served on the Board of Directors for March of Dimes, and the American Cancer Society. She also spent endless hours volunteering at Daybreak Children’s Shelter, SCAN and serving on the South Side High School Alumni Association. She was a member and past President of Psi Iota Xi – Pi Chapter, and a member of P.E.O. She was a volunteer reader for N.I.E.R.R.S. and a regular attender of Women’s Weekly Prayer & Bible Study Group for over 50 years.

Colleen was preceded in death by her dear sisters, Eldora Ann Sitko and Phyllis Myralene Tunis. She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Jay R. Powell; loving children, Steven J. (Anne) Powell, Timothy L. (Mary) Powell, Mary Catherine “Cathy” (Jeff) Paschen, Michael P. (Amy) Powell; eleven grateful grandchildren and a host of many other wonderful friends.

Calling will be Friday, October 2nd at 11am at The Chapel, 2505 W Hamilton Road S, Fort Wayne, IN 46814, with a 12pm service to follow. Entombment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Fort Wayne. Memorial contributions in Colleen's memory are suggested to Riley Hospital for Children, St. Jude Children's Hospital or Shriners Hospitals for Children. Donations and online condolences for Colleen may be directed to Leppert Mortuary, 900 North Rangeline Road, Carmel, IN 46032 or



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Dennis Cochran

September 29, 2020

So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing Cathy. Ruth and I will keep you and your family in our prayers.

Elizabeth Wade

September 19, 2020

Cathy and Jay,
What a beautiful lady. I regret I did not know her. May Gods love enfold you during this time and his presence bring you peace.

Julie Hallgren/Maly

September 17, 2020

I had a lot of conversations with Colleen when I used to do her hair.
She always had spunk, was smart, and fun to be around.
My heart goes out to all of her family.
My Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy goes to all the family.

God Bless

Patricia Jackson

September 17, 2020

I would like to express my sympathy to the Powell family. I remember swimming in their big pool across the street. I also have fond memories of Mrs. Powell giving out her homemade popcorn balls on Halloween while trick or treating.
pat Jackson

Pat Green

September 17, 2020

We are so sorry to read of your Mother’s passing. We send our sympathy and prayers for strength and peace to you and your family.
Pat & Paul Green

Larry and Jan Reynolds

September 17, 2020

Colleen will be always be remember as a LADY.
We were fortune to be her neighbor and friend.
May her memories provide comfort, peace and
bring a happy smile to your face.
May the Lord give you strength as you travel this journey.

Gayle Amos

September 17, 2020

Cathy keep the memories of laughter and love in your heart. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Mom’s are special people. She will always be with you.
John & Gayle Amos

Linda Crofts

September 17, 2020

Colleen was a beautiful lady in every way! We are privileged to have know her for a little while!

Anne Mertz

September 16, 2020

Cathy, so very to hear of your Mom’s passing. I’m sure you will miss her. Hugs, Anne Mertz

Jerry Levine

September 16, 2020

Judy and I are deeply saddened to hear of Colleen's passing. Although we did not have the privilege of knowing her for a long time, we knew that this was a person with a big heart and a love for everyone. May her memory be a blessing for all of us.
Judy & Jerry Levine


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