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Mary Joyce Powell

February 28, 1936 February 7, 2019
Mary Joyce Powell
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Obituary for Mary Joyce Powell

CARBONDALE – Mary Joyce Powell, 82, of St. Charles, MO, formally of Carbondale, passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Lewis and Clark Gardens in St. Charles, MO.

Mary was born on February 28, 1936 to Lewis and Sara May (Tipton) Parker in Carrollton, KY. She married Martin Henry Powell on August 20, 1966 in Bloomington, IN. He preceded her in death on September 21, 1981.

Mary is survived by her son, David Powell and wife Jackie; step-sons, Richard Powell and wife Toni, Martin Powell and wife Joyce, and Thomas Powell; grandson, Shayne Powell; step-grandchildren, Abbey, Anna, Matthew, Martin Henry Powell IV, Emily and Jameson Powell; very close nephew, John Bickel, Jr. and wife Lauren and niece, Sandra Lawson.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Mary attended Indiana University where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nursing Education. She went on and obtained her Ph.D. in Higher Education from SIU in Carbondale. Mary loved to teach which was evident from her different roles as educator over the years. She was first employed as a Nursing Instructor at Los Angeles County General Hospital, then as an assistant professor for the department of nursing at SIU at both Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses. She then worked as the Assistant Project Director for Southern Illinois Health Manpower Consortium at SIUC and was the Associate Chief of Nursing Service for Education at the Marion Veterans Hospital. She also did in-service education at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Her professional memberships included Phi Kappa Phi, American Association of University Women, Sigma Theta Tau (Honorary for Nurses), Pi Lambda Theta (Honorary Fraternity for Women in Education), and life memberships of both SIU and Indiana Alumni Universities.

Mary was a devout Christian with faith being a very important part of her life. She was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church in Murphysboro for many years. Mary was caring and kind and will be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services for Mary will be 1:00 PM, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Carbondale. Visitation will be 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials in her Mary’s name may be made to Indiana University School of Nursing or SIU Nursing Scholarships.

To share a story or memory of Mary, visit www.meredithfh.com.


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Visitation

Wednesday

13

Feb

11:00 AM 2/13/2019 11:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 2/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
G Meredith Funeral Home

300 S. University Ave.
Carbondale, IL 62901

G Meredith Funeral Home
300 S. University Ave. Carbondale 62901 IL
United States

Service

Wednesday

13

Feb

1:00 PM 2/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
G Meredith Funeral Home

300 S. University Ave.
Carbondale, IL 62901

G Meredith Funeral Home
300 S. University Ave. Carbondale 62901 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Oakland Cemetery Final Resting Place

Oakland Street
Carbondale, IL 62901

Oakland Street Carbondale 62901 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Indiana University School of Nursing

SIU School of Nursing Scholarships

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