OBITUARY

Nancy Hunt Powell

October 21, 1938October 7, 2013

Nancy Bryan Hunt Powell died on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at her home in San Angelo, Texas, surrounded by family and friends. Nancy was born in San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 21, 1938, to Velma Savell Hunt and Zimri Bryan Hunt. She married James L. Powell Feb. 27, 1960. The fabric of her life was a tapestry of time shared between town and ranch. Her devotion to her faith, family and friends led her to travel far and wide as she fostered those connections with adventures that left a positive impact on those with whom she came in contact. Nancy's involvement in the community around her started at a very early age participating in sports, dancing and as a twirler and drum major at Sonora High School. She was also involved in agricultural endeavors dear to her heart and served as Mohair Queen for the Texas Mohair Association. After graduating from Sonora High School in 1956, she attended the University of Texas where she enrolled in Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program. She was an active participant in the Pi Beta Phi Sorority, the Spooks freshman honorary organization and Orange Jackets. Through these experiences, she forged lifelong friendships. Those friendships, along with her undying faith, would be what would sustain her throughout her adult life. As her friends can attest, underneath Nancy's joyful nature was an unparalleled strength and determination. Her contagious laughter concealed a determination and tenacity masking the effort required for her to work through the 30 years of health challenges. The professionals at MD Anderson were astounded at her enduring resilience. She faced the beast of cancer with immense strength. She was a warrior. She was courageous. She possessed a deep spiritual strength which provided her with the fortitude to bear the unbearable with patience and dignity. Throughout her life, her church family, the First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado, was of utmost importance. She actively participated with the Women of the Church serving wherever there was a need and also as an elder. In recent years she served on the board of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and chaired the Endowment and Capitol Campaign for the museum. Family came first for Nancy. As a couple Jimmie and Nancy were an example of an extraordinarily bonded partnership, supporting each other in equal measure. Nancy's priority was her two daughters and their families. She traveled regularly to support her children and grandchildren in their pursuits. She was their greatest champion. Her faith manifested itself in the way she lived and in her ability to sense the need to support and encourage others. Making friends came easily to her. Engaged in life as she was engaging, she leaves an echo of laughter like footprints throughout her life and the lives of others. Nancy is survived by her husband, James L. Powell; daughter Lorrie Uhl, her husband, Arthur Uhl, and their children James, Elisabeth and Scott; daughter Victoria Johnson her husband, Ken and their children, Leon, Eli and Carmen and her husband, Stephen Flora. Also surviving are her brother, James Hunt, wife Linda, niece Hillary Whitfield and nephew Bryan Hunt. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Eldorado, 2 N. Cottonwood St. The family would like to thank the staff at MD Anderson Medical Center, especially Dr. Gabriel Hortobogyi and Juana Castañeda; Dr. Tom Granaghan at San Angelo Community Medical Center and Dr. David Cummings at Shannon Medical Center; Hospice of San Angelo, Inc.; the wonderful nurses that aided her in the final days and the many friends and angels that surrounded her throughout her life. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado, 7 N. Cottonwood St., Eldorado, TX 76936; San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, One Love St., San Angelo, TX 76903, 325-653-3333; Bryan and Velma Hunt Scholarship Fund, contact: San Angelo Area Foundation, 2201 Sherwood Way, Suite 205, San Angelo, TX 76901 325-947-7071 or email scholarship@saafound.org. Family and friends may sign the online register book at johnsons-funeralhome.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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Marilynn Golightly

November 17, 2013

What a role-model for ALL of us!!! A lady, a Christian women who was fun and full of life EVERY DAY in spite of it all!!!! Love to the girls and Jimmie!!

Jane Johnson OT

October 21, 2013

What a pleasure and privilege it was to have met and worked with Nancy. A wonderful, bright and beautiful spirit and always laughter and joy. What a great loss to the world.

Sally Baggett Griffis

October 18, 2013

There are some who have a spirit and a laugh to go with it that will forever live in the heart and memory of any with whom it is shared. We all have been blessed to have known Nancy in some part of our life. Jimmy, my prayers and thoughts are with you and the family.

Molly and Jim McAdams

October 17, 2013

Jimmie and family,
We are saddened to lose Nancy from this world. She is remembered by us as a gracious, beautiful lady. Seeing the Powells arrive at a meeting or event was a bright spot in our day. We count ourselves fortunate, as many do, to have known Nancy and to call her a friend. She was a tribute to the great state of Texas and to American agriculture. We feel for your sadness and will include you all in our prayers.

Burton Eller

October 11, 2013

Jimmie and family,
Thank you for sharing Nancy with so many of us over the years. If asked to describe Nancy with one word, I'd have to say, "Lady", a genuine lady in every way. The Jimmie-Nancy team were awesome to know and observe at cattle events for so many years all over the country. They always had a warm smile, a welcoming handshake and the grit to support what they believed in. As you celebrate her life and her homegoing, may God bless you and keep you my friends.

Billy & Nancy (Eckert) Yeary

October 11, 2013

I have such wonderful memories of growing up and Nancy's kind and loving support whether in school competitions or in activities at Camp Waldemar. Wrapping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

October 10, 2013

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Nancy was a true southern lady
gracious at all times.
Norman and Kathy Kohls

Jean Flanigan-Abbott

October 10, 2013

My love and heart go out to you, Jimmy , and all your family. Peace to all of you in this time of grief and sadness.

Sarah Neely

October 10, 2013

Was saddened when I received the news about Nancy Bryan. I remember her as a kind, sweet, and beautiful girl in Sonora High School, and we younger girls all wanted to be just like her.She had the most beautiful smile and had such a beautiful spirt as well.She will be missed.Sarah Sawyer Neely

Elsie & Allen Belk

October 10, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers go to the Powell and Hunt families. We always have cherished our friendship and so many wonderful memories. God Bless you all, Elsie and Allen Belk