Marjorie Ann “Marge” Powers passed away on Sunday March 26, 2023 at Allure of Pinecrest. She was born November 27, 1927 in Frenchburg, Kentucky to Samuel Morehead and Laura Jean Work Phelps, where her parents were serving at a Presbyterian mission school. That core mission of Christian service in the world, continued throughout her 95 years. She grew up on the family farm in Warren County, Illinois, east of Monmouth, and was a member of Ninth Avenue United Presbyterian Church, and served as Sunday School Superintendent. She attended Sterling College in Kansas, and began her teaching career at two country schools in Warren County, Illinois; Indian Grove and Hale Schools. She then taught 3rd grade at Mt. Morris, Illinois. After her youngest started school, she completed her bachelor’s degree at Northern Illinois University. She ended 28 years of teaching in Oregon with 1st graders, and was active in the Lee – Ogle Retired Teachers. She married F. Willard “Bill” Powers on Christmas Eve in 1955. Together they raised 4 children; Sandra, Steven, Thomas, and Jeffrey. They enjoyed traveling in the summers, and in their retirement. She was active in the community, serving in multiple volunteer roles for Pinecrest Community, including the Board. At the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren, she was a life time Deacon, Sunday School teacher and leader, choir member, and was Funeral Dinner Co-Ordinator since 1990 until recently. She was active with Camp Emmaus, the District, and the wider church. She was on the Board of the Loaves and Fish Food Pantry, and served as the volunteer coordinator until a few years before her passing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, their daughter, Sandy & her husband John, her parents Sam & Laura Phelps, her siblings and their spouses Jean (Roy) Edwards, David (Marj) Phelps, Carolyn Phelps, Peg (Al) Noakes, and Edna (Gerald) Carlson, and grandson James Johnson.
She is survived by Steve Powers of Great Falls, Montana, Tom (Naomi) Powers of Troutville, Virginia, and Jeff (Lori) Powers of Cerro Gordo, Illinois. Grandchildren include Jennifer Shashek, Darryl Johnson, Amy Johnson, Jennifer Amiot, Rebecca Amiot, Victoria (Joshua) Whitt, Kassi (Jesse) Williams, Allie (Danny) McConnell, Tristan (Ken) Marra, Zach (Shelly) Braden, Jill (William Perdue) Curtis, Brian (April Zepeda) King, 22 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Her Memorial Service will be at Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren, 409 W. Brayton Road, Mt. Morris, Illinois on Saturday April 29, 2023 at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor and Chaplain Rodney Caldwell, officiating. A greeting time will follow in the fellowship hall. Interment will be in a Family Service at Oakwood Cemetery, at an earlier time. Memorial gifts may be given to the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren, Loaves & Fish Food Pantry, or the Building Fund for the Mt. Morris Fire Foundation, NFP.
Memorial gifts may be given to the
Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren
409 W. Brayton Rd.
P.O. Box 2055
Mt Morris, IL 61054-2055
Loaves & Fish Food Pantry
P.O. Box 202
Mt Morris, IL 61054-0202
Building Fund for the Mt. Morris Fire Foundation, NFP to build a new station for the community.
Mt. Morris Fire Foundation, NFP
15 E. Center St.
Mt. Morris, IL 61054-1460
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