Lela May Powers, 88, of Dill City, Okla., formerly of Rimersburg, died Friday, October 27, 2017.
Born March 24, 1929, in a farmhouse southwest of Rimersburg, she was the daughter of John D. “Danny” and Mary Elizabeth (Elder) Mortimer. She was the seventh in a family of 10 children.
In 1947, Mrs. Powers graduated as valedictorian of her class in the commercial course.
She never had any trouble getting a job and worked in many different offices, beginning with the Clarion State Teachers College registrar’s office, Union Joint School office and University of Pittsburgh Dean of Men’s office. While working at the high school, she spent her summers working at a resort hotel on Chautauqua Lake in New York State. From schools, she went to industry at the Blaw-Knox Construction purchasing office, Fisher Scientific Company warehouse and James H. Matthews Printing and Dies sales office.
Mrs. Powers became tired of big city life and, because of increased pressure and strife where she worked, resigned in 1960 and moved to Prescott, Ariz., where she worked in a Ford garage. When there was a change in management, she moved to Kingman and was hired as the head bookkeeper in a new bank, First Navajo National. From there, she went to work for Dr. Arthur A. Arnold as a receptionist-bookkeeper. When a new office for Farmers Home Administration opened in Kingman, she was hired as the county office clerk. She transferred to Flagstaff and then to Buckeye. In Buckeye, she met Bob and Freida Powers in the conservative Baptist Church.
After Freida’s death, she married Bob Powers on November 15, 1975. In June of 1983 they moved to Dill City, Okla. where Mr. Powers died on December 18, 1986.
Mrs. Powers was active in the First Baptist Church in Dill City. She also served as president and in other offices in the local AARP and was a member of the county extension homemakers for 10 years.
When she was 68 years old, she learned to fly an airplane. Mrs. Powers enjoyed painting, needlework, reading, gardening and traveling.
Survivors include a brother, Ralph and Barbara Mortimer of Butler; 29 nieces and nephews and their children; and step-daughters, Novella McKee of Farmington, N.M., Yvonne Carlise of Phoenix, Ariz. and Doris Fightmaster of Maricopa, Ariz., their spouses, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a step-daughter; a step-great-granddaughter; three brothers; five sisters; and three nephews.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the funeral home with the Rev. Craig W. Peterson officiating.
Interment will be in Rimersburg Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.bauerhillisfuneral.com.