Marilyn Doris Powell



Marilyn Doris Powell, age 88 of Lowell passed away April 21, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Powell; sister June Seiler; and grandson Sean Powell. She is survived by her children, Terese (Roger) Brown, Patrick (Kelly) Powell, Geri (Tom) Wareck, Chris (Mike) Posthuma; grandchildren, Angie (Chip) Baker, Casey (Tammy) Brown, Jasmine (Jason) Rogers, Amy (Jody) Johnson, Kristin (Shawn) Brown, Ashleigh (Kyle) Neubecker, Lauren (Keith) Neubecker, Luke Posthuma, Morgan Posthuma, Janelle Posthuma, Matt Posthuma; and 15 great-grandchildren. Marilyn graduated as valedictorian of Ionia High School in 1947. Blessed with a beautiful signing voice, Marilyn sang in church and school choirs. She also performed at weddings and other events. Marilyn and Fred were married July 13, 1948. The couple loved to dance, and regularly made the rounds at area dance halls and ballrooms. Marilyn and Fred will also be remembered by many in Saranac as the owners of the “Sara-Snac” during the late sixties and early seventies. The family-run ice cream and sandwich stand was open summers. After raising her family, Marilyn worked in the Probate Court office for Ionia County and then began her career as executive secretary to the Warden at Michigan Training Unit through the Michigan Department of Corrections, where she retired in 1992. After retirement Marilyn moved to the Florida Keys and cared for her much loved father, Laurence Friend. Always an avid fisherman, Marilyn enjoyed time in the Keys in the winter and at her cottage in Northport during the summers. She later moved back to the Lowell area full time to be near her family and grandchildren. A memorial meet and greet will be held on May 23 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell MI 49331. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marilyn Powell Nursing Scholarship Fund.

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10 Responses

  1. Marilyn, you blessed me with your little dog, Gibson. I am forever grateful. Reading about your life made me wish i could have known you.

  2. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was always so nice! You are all in our prayers! Sorry I will be able to give you all a personal hug however we live in Lorain, OH and will not be able to be there! Hugs to you all! Butch and Marilyn Arnold Parker

  3. So very sorry for your loss of your Mother. She will be missed by so many.

  4. Dear Chris
    Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your Mom. You know how happy she is right now and free of pain and loneliness and you can only imagine what the reunion was like with your Father. Heaven is filled with Mom’s both young and old . Those who are left here on earth will always miss them. I know I still miss my Mom.
    I will be praying for you and your family in the coming days.
    Yours in Christ

  5. Dear Geri and Tom –
    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s home going! Moms will always be missed!
    I will keep you in my prayers! Sue & Jerry Bos

  6. Dear Kristin and Shawn –
    So sorry to hear of your Grandma’s passing! I’m sure you will cherish the memories you have! I will be praying for you and your family!
    Sue & Jerry Bos

  7. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Will keep you all in my prayers. Love Uncle Merle.

  8. It was a joy getting to know you as Chris and you enjoyed time at my barn with your horses. We all were truly blessed to have you in our lives

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