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Mary Jane Powell - 12
03/16/09     Frank(ie) Smith  (1965)      fhsvjs@juno.com
In browsing the website, I saw a message on the 1968 class that said Miss Powell has died. For those of us who had her for English and/or History, I think you would agree that she was one of the best. I copied the following obituary from the Martinsville Bulletin:

Mary Jane Powell
Died Saturday, March 14, 2009
Mar 15, 2009

Mary Jane Powell, 89, of Lawrenceville, died Saturday, March 14, 2009, at Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill following a brief illness.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Powell and Dorothy P. Dore; and four brothers, Eugene, Hunter, Richard and Robert Powell.

She was a graduate of Mary Washington University and received a master’s degree from the University of Virginia. She began her teaching career in Phoebus, followed by nine years in Lawrenceville and 32 years in Martinsville.

She was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and was active in Piedmont Arts Assocation for many years. She also was a member of Pleasant Grove U.M.W, the Sunshine Club and the Red Hats Society.

Surviving are a brother, Benjamin P. Powell of Broadnax; two sisters, Louise P. Stone of Chandler, Ariz., and Katherine P. Burge of Dolphin; and nine nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Williams Funeral Home with burial in Crestview Memorial Park in LaCrosse.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home in Lawrenceville.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 6457 Grandy Road, Broadnax, Va. 23920.

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