Mary Elaine Powell, 87, of Wellsville, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018 at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.
Mrs. Powell was born September 30, 1930 in Wellsville, Missouri, a daughter of Beverly Paul Renner and Martha Mildred (Logan) Renner.
She was a 1947 graduate of Wellsville High School. Mary continued her education graduating from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Education.
On June 26, 1958 in Springfield, Missouri, she married Ernest Warren Powell. They shared over 57 years together, before he preceded her in death on October 15, 2015.
Mary was an Elementary School Teacher. She had started teaching in Montgomery County at White Hall School in 1948 for 3 years, she later taught in Callaway County at Fair Oak for a year and then Devault School in the New Florence area. Mary moved to Marine City, Michigan and taught for a year before moving back to Montgomery County where she taught 5th & 6th grade at Montgomery Elementary School, until she retired in 1984.
Mary was a member of the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church in Wellsville.
She enjoyed buying and selling antiques and had been an antique dealer for many years.
Mary is survived by her sister, Helen Elizabeth Renner, of Wellsville; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Dorothy Mae King, of San Diego, California, Mildred Faye and Kermit Ellis, of New Florence, Georgia Powell, of Montgomery City and Jack Brotemarkle, of Columbia; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Ernest Warren Powell.
Visitation was held from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.
Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. Rev. Don Deeker officiated. Serving as organist was Toni Schwartz.
Burial was in the Wellsville Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Brian Boeckelman, Dale Deeker, Joe Flynn, Jerry Schwartz, Matthew Spiers and David Whitehead. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Brotemarkle and Kermit Ellis.
Memorial contributions were suggested to Wellsville United Methodist-Presbyterian Church or Wellsville Cemetery Association c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.
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