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Maydel Powers a beautiful, loving and caring Christian wife, mother and grandmother went to be with Her Lord and Savior, on Sept. 28, 2017. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at the chapel of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home with Mr. Frank Morgan and Mr. Jim Hodo officiating. Burial will follow at Memoryland Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
She had been a resident of Greenville since 1968 and was an active member of the Creekside (Johnson Street) Church of Christ. She was 88 years old. Maydel was married to the former Greenville Chief of Police, Leon Powers, for 71 years.
Maydel was born on Nov. 15, 1928, in the Pleasant Hill community, near Itasca, Texas, to Nolan Vaughn Curry and Lenora Bacon Curry. She was the third of four children to this wonderful couple.
She attended the Itasca public schools and graduated from high school in 1946, being the first person in her family to get a diploma. Shortly after graduation, she married Leon Powers on Sept. 12, 1946. They began their family in Itasca and were blessed to have two sons, Fred and Jack Powers. In 1955, Maydel and Leon moved to Irving, Texas, to begin a new chapter in their lives.
Maydel was a homemaker for about 16 years, before beginning a career with the Irving ISD as an attendance clerk. She attended the South Delaware Church of Christ for 13 years and made many lifelong friends.
In 1968, she moved to Greenville, when Leon was named the Chief of Police. She was a very active member of the Johnson Street Church of Christ for 49 years.
Maydel was an attendance clerk for Greenville High School for 25 years. She always enjoyed seeing former students whose lives she had touched by her friendly smile and warn personality. It was very common for individuals in Greenville call out,"Hi Mrs. Powers, we really miss seeing you!"
After their retirement, Maydel really enjoyed camping with Leon and they would drive their 30-foot-long motor home all over the United States. Notable trips were taken to Alaska, the New England area, Tennessee, Florida and the Gulf Coast. However, their favorite place was traveling to South Fork, Colorado, and camping at Fun Valley.
These trips started in 1980s and they made their final trip in 2016, when she was 87 years old.
With her warm and friendly personality, she never met a stranger and would soon become everyone's friend and tell them to "stop by our motor home for some refreshments". She also enjoyed teaching her granddaughters and great-grandsons how to fish in the kids' pond and then cook trout for supper.
Christmas was also a favorite time for Maydel. She enjoyed decorating the house with their collection of musical animated puppets from Jeff and LeeAnn. She always made the traditional turkey dinner with 10 types of desserts and had fun showing her family all the Christmas cards from her church friends, distant relatives and camping friends she had met at Fun Valley.
Maydel is survived by her husband, Leon Powers, sons Fred Powers and wife Pam, from Arlington and Jack Powers and wife Amy, from Rockwall; two granddaughters and seven great grandchildren, Alexa Bowers and husband Jon, from Katy and their children William, Colton, Eliza and Alana Bowers; and Andrea Powers from Arlington and her children Cohl Powers, Preston Wilson and Mack Wilson; one sister, Doris Whitmire and husband Bob from Sherman and her children Jeff Whitmire and wife LeeAnn from Sherman, Julie Whitmire from Dallas, and Jason Whitmire and wife Paige from Southlake; great-nephews and great-nieces include Curry Whitmire, Max Broden, Antone Broden, Kate Whitmire and Grayson Whitmire.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nolan and Lenora Curry, brothers, J.A. Curry and Dean Curry and one great-nephew Josh Whitmire.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Combs, Rick Lynch, Scott Prestien, Killian Sevier, Wayne Wallace and Robert White.
Published on October 1, 2017
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