Helen "GG"" Gail Powers Wilty

August 26, 1935March 9, 2018

Helen Gail Powers “GG” Wilty passed away on March 9, 2018 in Houston, TX, at the age of 82. Gail was born on August 26, 1935 in Houston to Austin Brownlee Powers and Freda Marie Michel Powers.

Gail graduated Valedictorian from Gretna High School in 1953 and attended Louisiana State University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Minor in Spanish in 1957. Gail also received her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Louisiana State University in1959.

Gail was a member of Phi Mu Sorority and of Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Women Educators. After college, Gail taught High School Art for 32 years in the Jefferson Parish Public School System at West Jefferson High School. Gail was a member and President of the Gretna German American Cultural and Genealogical Society and a Member of Salem Lutheran Church in Gretna, LA, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Baton Rouge, LA, and Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston, TX.

Gail was a lifelong artist, creating countless pieces of art ranging from wood, stone and ceramic sculpture to acrylic and oil paintings. Her subject matter varied from the abstract and non-objective to plants, flowers, family, friends, students and angels. Her creations will forever be a remembrance of her loving, faithful, colorful and vibrant body and soul.

Gail was preceded in death her parents Austin B. Powers and Freda M. Powers, her sister Dianne Powers Orlesh and her beloved husband of 45 years Roy Herman Wilty, Sr.

Gail is survived by her three children Michel Powers Wilty, Autumn Gail Wilty McCowan (Trey) and Roy Herman Wilty, Jr (Catherine); her seven grandchildren Austin Powers Wilty (Reagan), Charles Simon McCowan IV (Mac), Mary Gail McCowan, Autumn Mathile McCowan (Mathile), Margaret Emelie McCowan (Maggie), John Powers Wilty (Powers) and Patrick Thomas Wilty; her brother-in-law Joseph Michael Orlesh, Jr. and his two daughters Jennifer Orlesh Zitt (Tom) and Jan Orlesh Conway (Francis); and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Algiers Point, New Orleans at 11:00 AM Saturday, March 17, 2018. The service will be preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. A memorial service in Houston, TX will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of Flowers, gifts can be made in honor of Gail to SoleAna stables in Pearland, TX

The family would like to express special thanks and appreciation to the staff of MD Anderson Cancer Center and Palliative Care Unit and the Houston Hospice – Texas Medical Center, for the kind, compassionate and professional treatment of their mother and grandmother.

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  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 17, 2018

Helen "GG"" Gail Powers Wilty

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Judy Cade

March 18, 2018

I'm sorry to have hear about gails passing. I can remember all of the good time at thanksgiving at the big house. All the loud music and loads of fun.

Judy Cade

Ione Walter

March 16, 2018

Wilty family-
I was very sorry to read of Gail's death. Please accept my sincerest sympathy on her passing. I so enjoyed visiting with her at our 60th class reunion.
Ione Calzada Walter
Seabrook, Texas
Gretna High School, Class of 1953

Ralph Coleman

March 16, 2018

It was a blessing being apart of your last year through Mike who has become apart of our team and family. May the Lord bless and keep and comfort you.

Ralph & Peggy Coleman

Martha Aschenbrenner

March 13, 2018

GG, it was an honor to know you - while only briefly - through your wonderful children and families. To Autumn, Roy, and Michael, it was such a privilege to care for your sweet mama while she was here on our unit. You provided love and comfort and support and treated her and each other with dignity. I pray for each of you warm memories and wonderful moments of joy as you reflect on how she will continue to impact your lives.

Ruth Autin

March 13, 2018

Dear Wilty Family,
Dickey and I offer our sympathy to you all. Gail was a lovely person, teacher, sister and you all know well , mother and wife. She shared her mother's gift as an artist and she shared it with you all and the students she taught. I admired the very close and supportive relationship she had with Diane. I know that this relationship will be important to you all as you grieve for your mother.
You have our heartfelt condolences.
Ruth and Dickey