Woody Funeral Home-Parham

1771 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA


Hermena Wait Powell

July 24, 1926October 18, 2019

Hermena Wait Powell, “Hermie”, of Richmond, Virginia passed away suddenly on October 18, 2019. Born July 24, 1926 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Hermie is survived by her three children: Watson Odean Powell, III (Jane), William Edward Powell (Carol), Marion Powell Pace and seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a brother, Jim Wait. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Watson Odean Powell, Jr; parents, Dwight and Marion Wait: two brothers, Bill and Bus Wait, and son-in-law, Sam Pace. After graduating from Shaler High School in Glenshaw, PA, she attended Randolph Macon Woman’s College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduated Cum Laude, majoring in English Composition and minoring in music and voice. Listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Hermie was also a member of Tau Kappa Alpha, the Forensic Society, and Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. While serving as president of the student Y.W.C.A. , in 1947 Hermie was a representative to the National Y.W.C.A. youth conference in Oslo, Norway. After moving to Richmond, Virginia, Hermie worked at Miller and Rhodes as a fashion accessory copywriter and training supervisor, during which time she met her lifelong love, Watson. Hermie’s love of art, especially painting landscapes at the river, led to designing needlepoint tapestry. This in time evolved in cofounding Jermie’s, Inc. with Jerry Crute. They eventually had two locations, one on Grove Avenue in Richmond and another at the Greenbrier Hotel. As a result of their success, they were asked under the Jimmy Carter administration to design tablecloths for several events at the White House. After selling Jermie’s, Hermie continued to design and paint ceramic tiles for numerous friends and family. While committed to serving her community, Hermie’s fondest memories came from being a member of The Tuckahoe Woman’s Club and serving as its president. Hermie also was president of Richmond RMWC Alumnae Association, Thomas Jefferson Woman’s Club, The Woman’s Auxiliary to the Richmond Dental Society and Virginia State Dental Association, and Collegiate School Patrons’ Association. She was also Junior Director of the Lee District and a junior member of the Board of Sheltering Arms Hospital. She served the United Givers Fund for 8 years on the Budget Committee and Executive Board as well as chaired their residential drive. She was a member of the Commonwealth Woman’s Club, Richmond Symphony Board, Woman’s Board of the Boys’ Club of Richmond, Board of Trustees for Richmond Memorial Hospital and the Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Governor Stanley appointed her for 8 years to serve on the Governor’s Commission to study the needs of handicapped children. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon. Hermie’s greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. She cherished the 70 years spent with her husband, Watson, either at their home in Richmond, Virginia or cottage in Irvington, Virginia. She loved art, music, gardening, decorating, orchestrating parties and events, being creative and living life passionately. A memorial service, followed by a reception, will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, October 26th at First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary Street Road, Richmond, VA 23226. Interment will be private. Memorials may be sent to: The Scholarship Endowment Fund of The Tuckahoe Woman’s Club, 4215 Dover Road, Richmond, VA 23221.


  • A memorial service Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 26, 2019


Hermena Wait Powell

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Kathy and Marshall Bennett

October 24, 2019

Marshall and I were so sorry to hear about Hermie.... she was a very special person (and your dad) with many fond memories on Raven Rock Rd.

Bill and Barbara Dickinson

October 24, 2019

What a great honor it is to have known your parents through these years. Hermie was a smart, creative and lovely woman. She is greatly missed. Love to all. We are sorry to miss the service. God bless.

Gail Swineford

October 23, 2019

Marion, Sam, and Powell,

Please receive our deep, sincere condolences on the physical loss of your mother and grandmother. Hermie was an incredible lady, and we know you will miss her dearly. May you be comforted by all the good memories she made with you, and for you. John 14:18.

Blessings and love,
Bobby & Gail Swineford

Jennifer Miller

October 23, 2019

Sending lots of love and prayers to the entire Family at this sad time. This wonderful lady will be missed by all but I know she is a Beautiful Heavenly Angel !❤️🌸💞

Janice Julius

October 22, 2019

Hermie was a beautiful lady inside and out. She was wise, direct, considerate and caring. I am sad that I will not be able to see her again and hear her distinctive laugh and kind voice. My condolences to her family. Janice and Demetrios Julius

Pat White

October 22, 2019

Always gracious, always full of life and good humor. Hermie had a warmth that exuded love and a laugh that made you want to share her joy.
Jimmy and I were blessed to call her our friend.
I will always cherish the times we spent with her and her family.