12.30.2015

Grandma Powell


My Grandma Powell passed away December 29th, 2015 (around 11 p.m.) at 97 years of age. She was spending time with my uncle Reed's family on Christmas when she fell and fractured her pelvis. They took her to the ER where she was admitted. The next day they said she had a fever and pneumonia in both lungs. From Christmas to the 29th she was sedated a lot and quite anxious and confused. She did talk about her husband often and we think he may have been there waiting to escort her to the other side. 

I'm sad to see her go. She was my last living grandparent and I enjoyed hearing her stories and visiting her. She was a very dynamic women and very interesting.


Her Obituary:

Grace Maxine VanWagoner Powell
1918 - 2015

Maxine was born November 6, 1918 in Midway, Utah to Anna Priscilla Turley and Albert VanWagoner.

Her mother died when Maxine was only 16 years old, leaving her to care for her 3 younger sisters Anita and Alberta (twins - 10 years old) and Shirley - 6 years old.

She was very intelligent, skipping the 6th grade.  She could say the alphabet backwards and was very good at math.

She married Keith Schow Powell in the Salt Lake Temple on December 13, 1937.

She and her husband raised their 8 children in Lehi.  They were very frugal and lived within their means.

They supported 5 sons on missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and were able to serve themselves for 18 months in Guam. They also served in the Provo Temple as temple workers for a number of years.

Maxine is survived by a sister Anna Loye (Ron) Vance, Sandy; children:  Tony (Monna), Kamas;  daughter-in-law Claudia, West Jordan; Gordon (Stephanie), Provo (currently serving an LDS mission in Texas; Max (Margaret), Lehi; Codele (Dave) Cutler, Taylorsville; Reed (Kim), Lehi.  Also survived by:  44 grandchildren, 111 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her husband Keith, daughter Patricia, and 2 sons Gary and Darrel.

Funeral services will be held under the direction of Wing Mortuary, Lehi, Utah, in the 1st ward building 220 West 200 South Lehi, Utah on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 12:00 noon with a viewing prior to the services  from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  Interment in Lehi Cemetery.

The family would like to express appreciation to Summerfield Retirement Center for their care of mom during her time there.

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